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I have a very weird rash. Bullseye. What is it?

I have a very weird rash. Bullseye. What is it?

Bull's eye: Well, a rash as you describe, "bullseye" can be seen in a condition called erythema multiforme. It is a skin reaction to some systemic condition. Recurrent herpes is a common cause as are a multitude of common viruses and other infectious conditions. It would be good for you to have this examined by a dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

14 days: The bullseye rash of lyme disease takes about 14 days to show up. You could have an allergic reaction to a bug bite that will develop within a day. Infection from a bite, not lyme disease, starts getting worse after about 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Had a bullseye rash about 3 years ago, haven't really felt good since. Found info on Lyme disease while trying to find some help.should I be tested?

Had a bullseye rash about 3 years ago, haven't really felt good since. Found info on Lyme disease while trying to find some help.should I be tested?

Well : Testing is usually not positive doesn't show the line infection for a couple weeks. Recommend Healthtap visit or see a doctor in person for diagnosis and treatment. It's important to get anabiotic treatment early when you have a target rash because it can be Lyme disease and you can prevent the complications by getting anabiotic treatment early ...Read more

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I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should i still get a test done?

Get Rx & blood test!: A bullseye rash around a tick bite is considered proof of lyme disease.If you do not have symptoms yet, you almost certainly will over time. It takes time for a blood test to turn positive & you should not wait for this; the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome.Many lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day for a month to be safe.Also get tested for co-infections like babesia. ...Read more

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I have a bullseye rash but no sign of a tick could the bite have been a chigger or ant?

I have a bullseye rash but no sign of a tick could the bite have been a chigger or ant?

Prophylaxis: If you live in an area that has ticks, you may be better off taking prophylactic treatment for Lyme disease. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a tick in may 2008 in tennessee with a resulting bullseye rash; at this point in time, how can I tell whether I have Lyme or stari?

I was bitten by a tick in may 2008 in tennessee with a resulting bullseye rash; at this point in time, how can I tell whether I have Lyme or stari?

Persistent symptoms?: A tick bite causing a bullseye rash could be either lyme or stari. Stari tends to be self-limited without chronic symptoms. Lyme often causes ongoing fatigue, muscle/joint pains &/or neurological symptoms. If you have lyme-related symptoms get an igg & igm western blot from igenex labs, as other labs do less thorough tests. If you do not have ongoing symptoms it was probably stari. See comment:. ...Read more

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I got Lyme at 14. Had the bullseye rash. Did doxyxyline. This was 16 years ago. In 2009 had fatigue had Lyles tst she's positive. No rash. New bite?

I got Lyme at 14. Had the bullseye rash. Did doxyxyline. This was 16 years ago. In 2009 had fatigue had Lyles tst she's positive. No rash. New bite?

Lyme disease: Once you have had Lyme disease you may remain seropositive (meaning your antibody test is positive) for a lifetime. You need not have had a new infection. The interpretation of the serologies can be complex and cannot be discussed here in detail. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Pickett, I have had a spot on my ankle that has been itching for a while and I just now looked at it and it turns out it is a rash. I became worried because it looks like a bullseye pattern but I'm not sure.

Hello Dr. Pickett, I have had a spot on my ankle that has been itching for a while and I just now looked at it and it turns out it is a rash. I became worried because it looks like a bullseye pattern but I'm not sure.

Consultation: Unfortunately you cannot direct a comment to a specific physician thru this Question and Answer box. You can take several up close images of the area and consult Dr Pickett or have a Prime consultation and upload the images for the Dr to see. ...Read more

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I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

Not just Lyme: Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases ( e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi), or else , the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick. ...Read more

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Could you get Lyme disease from a mosquito? I've been bite numerous times while sleeping and have a bullseye rash on my arm.

Could you get Lyme disease from a mosquito? I've been bite numerous times while sleeping and have a bullseye rash on my arm.

Lyme is from ticks: Mosquitoes don't transmit Lyme only ticks can do that. If you have a bulls eye rash though that could very well be Lyme. Sometimes the ticks are so unbelievably small u can't see them. It looks like u live in New England and it's summer so I consider it peak Lyme season. If the rash is bigger than 5 cm in diameter and is expanding it's probably Lyme. Show it to an MD and get some antibiotics pls! ...Read more

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Which bug bites (~30 on legs) other than ticks' can cause bullseye rash 2 weeks later? I went camping and these bites never itched nor hurt.

Which bug bites (~30 on legs) other than ticks' can cause bullseye rash 2 weeks later? I went camping and these bites never itched nor hurt.

Bites: It would be unusual to have 30 bites and not notice a tick. A bullseye rash is very suggestive of bites by a tick. See your doctor and if there is a possibility of tick bites be treated. They are very prevalent this year. All the best. ...Read more

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A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

Tick Bite: Definitely see your doctor for follow-up. CDC recommends two-step testing. First step: EIA (enzyme immunoassay). If the EIA is negative, no further testing of the specimen. If the EIA is positive or possible, then a “Western blot” test is ordered. If ill 30 days, only the IgG blot is done. A positive diagnosis requires positive for both EIA and blot ...Read more

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I removed a tick approx 3 months ago, No bullseye rash, no fever, no muscle aches, no symptoms. Tic has been fully removed but spot still itches.

I removed a tick approx 3 months ago, No bullseye rash, no fever, no muscle aches, no symptoms. Tic has been fully removed but spot still itches.

Not Lyme: The fact that you have a persistently pruritic (itchy) scar from a previous tick bite, does not indicate that you were infected with Lyme Disease. Try 1% hydrocortisone cream. If no improvement see you clinician. If tic was on you less than three days and not antibiotic engourged, then treatment was not indicated. ...Read more

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Is there some weird thing that would cause elbow rashes in particular?

Is there some weird thing that would cause elbow rashes in particular?

Eczema : Eczema and psoriasis are common but there are other diseases that could be causing this. ...Read more

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