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How Did Lyme Disease Get Its Name
Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the LD germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more
A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
No: There is no permanent immunity.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: There has to be a tick involved. Maybe if you were getting the blow job in a connecticut forest. ...Read more
Not hard to diagnose: Most patients with lyme disease display the characteristic rash and associated symptoms, which makes presumptive diagnosis easy. If one tries to diagnose it using antibody testing you might wait too long to treat effectively. If you are in an area where this is common, have symptoms compatible with lyme you should be treated presumptively. May cause your antibody reactions to remain negative. ...Read more
Unlikely: If it is causing symtoms it is unlikley to clear without medication. Get treatment immediately. This disease has many long term complications. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my step son got Lyme disease over the summer he took anti;bodiatics and now he's starting to get sick again, wh?
? same symptoms: If the rash is still present, he's continued with fever or his lab values are still elevated, then he may not have absorbed his antibiotics well. Any chance he didn't take them all? It's also possible it is a totally different illness altogether that he has contracted now. Your doctor can help you sort out possibilities with a good exam, more history and probably more lab work. ...Read more
If I have had Lyme disease for over 9 months Undiagnosed, & I get bloodtests done now, will it detect it? Are the tests accurate? What's best test? Tks
Blood tests good: Too many to list. Just check with lab for the statistics on that particular test ...Read more
Never heard of: Although one can imagine that a tick could have attached to the intestinal lining and thereby transmitting the infection, it is likely that the tick would not have survived the passage in the stomach where there are acid and enzymes. At any rate, I am not aware of this mode of transmission. ...Read more
Where can I get Lyme Disease testing in Burien or Renton, WA. Any doctors specialize in this area?
Sometimes: If lyme is treated early (within days of being infected) it is relatively easy to fully eradicate. The longer it has been present before treating, the more difficult to eliminate. With good treatment most of those with lyme will eventually become symptom-free, but it is possible that many may still have the borrelia bacteria present in the dormant cyst stage. There is no test to prove a full cure. ...Read more
Depends on the test:
There are many tests for lyme- elisa, western blot, ifa, pcr, cultures. Testing can be expensive. If you have limited resources I advise the igg & IgM western blot from igenex- their test is more thorough & sensitive than other labs. It costs about $200.
No single test totally proves or disproves if one has lyme- it is a clinical diagnosis, but the right tests are very helpful. ...Read more
My son got Lyme disease over the summer. He took antibiotics and now he's starting to get sick again, How is that possible?
Tick, fly bites &...: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick (most likely were but did not notice). It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & possibly sexually. ...Read more
See details: Not unless it is a deer tick and has been attached to your skin for several hours and is engorged with blood. ...Read more
I have been exposed to Lyme disease and treated (first stage) is it possible for me to get a natural immunity that can be measured by a lab?
Yes: Even if treated you may still develop antibodies detectable by a blood test. However, sometimes treatment blunts that response and the test is negative. ...Read more
Not uncommon: May have been a wood tick and not a deer tick. Not all deer ticks are infected with the lyme organism. ...Read more
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