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Doctor insights on: Insect Bites That Mimic Lyme Disease

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Went to park & under a tree for maternity photoshoot.29wks pregnant. Got few insect bites. Worried about ticks Lyme disease. How to check? Harm baby?

Went to park & under a tree for maternity photoshoot.29wks pregnant. Got few insect bites. Worried about ticks Lyme disease. How to check? Harm baby?

Relax: Lime disease requires that an infected tick feed on you for about a day before it can transfer the germ that triggers the disease. It cannot pass through a random tick or bug bite. The fetus would not be affected if you do not get the disease. I assume you checked your body and removed any ticks or didn't fine any. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause Lyme disease?

Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause Lyme disease?

Yes: Insect repellents are always a good idea to help prevent insect bites including ticks. ...Read more

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My tick or bug bit is getting puffier and larger. Is this possible Lyme disease?

My tick or bug bit is getting puffier and larger. Is this possible Lyme disease?

Anything Possible: Does not sound like erythema chronicum migrans, the classic lyme disease eruption, but that is often followed by a non-descript rash. If this is tender, painful, warm to touch and you have any associated symptoms, please go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Anything is possible: But if the child has been in any area where there may be deer ticks they should be treated for lyme disease without waiting for serologic confirmation. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a bug on my leg last June, took a long time ti heal and the scar is black and now I have vertigo, could it be Lyme disease?

I was bitten by a bug on my leg last June, took a long time ti heal and the scar is black and now I have vertigo, could it be Lyme disease?

Get tested: There is a simple blood test for Lyme antibodies, to remove any doubt. Ask your doctor about getting tested. ...Read more

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How do a Lyme disease circular red skin rash and a regular bug bite differ?

How do a Lyme disease circular red skin rash and a regular bug bite differ?

Dirrent appearance: The typical lyme lesion is referred to as a bulls eye lesion. It typically has central redness with clearing arounbd it and then another red rim further out. A regular bug bite is ususally uniformly red with clearing throughout. ...Read more

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Can I get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

Can I get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

No: Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks. Deer tick bites can transmit the lyme disease not cat bites. Pasturella infections are often times associated with cat bites and can progress very rapidly, they are treated with penicillin. ...Read more

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Does a second tick have to bite for Lyme disease to reoccur

See below: Yes. Once lyme disease has been treated with the proper meds, the disease is cured. To get the disease again, another tick would have to bite and transmit the disease. ...Read more

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How do I know if my tick bit is associated with Lyme disease?

How do I know if my tick bit is associated with Lyme disease?

Symptoms after bite: About half the time one will get a bulls-eye rash, a red ring surrounding the bite, appearing 3-30 days after the bite. This is a clear sign of lyme. Also, lyme usually causes flu-like symptoms like muscle aches, fever and headache within days of the bite. Be aware that ticks may carry other infections besides lyme, such as babesia, bartonella, ehrlichiosis and rocky mountain spotted fever. ...Read more

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Why is it that I never got Lyme disease from a tick even though I was bit by one?

Why is it that I never got Lyme disease from a tick even though I was bit by one?

Several reasons: If it was a wood tick, it does not carry lyme. Not all deer ticks are infected. The tick must be attached for 12 hours or so to infect a person. ...Read more

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Does it ever happen that a child have a bullseye bite mark and not have Lyme disease?

NO!!!: A true bullseye rash, known as erythema chronic migrans, is considered pathognomonic of lyme- meaning it alone is sufficient evidence to diagnose l:yme.
It is imperative to treat lyme aggressively as soon as possible to prevent chronic infections, ideally for a month.
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http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/erythema_chronicum_migrans & http://www. Lymenet. Org/burrguide200810.Pdf (see page 18 & 19). ...Read more

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Today I got bitten by a tick, what are the chances that I have Lyme disease?

See below: If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted lyme disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Chiggers in North: America are not disease vectors to humans. ...Read more

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Can I get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Can I get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Maybe: If you truly have lyme disease, an infection....It is transmitted to humans by the bite of a deer tick. It's important that many other types of ticks exist and bite...And do not cause lyme disease. ...Read more

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Does ring around tick bite always mean Lyme disease?

No: The bulls eye lesion clooks just like it says - a bullseye- central redness then a rim of clearing then a larger rim of redness. Just like a bulls eye. ...Read more

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Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling, joint pain, and cardiac (heart) symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for tick bite to actually cause Lyme disease?

How long does it take for tick bite to actually cause Lyme disease?

Days to months: It takes just days for a bite from the deer tick to result in sin lesions, but weeks to months to develop arthritis or neurological disorders. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a tick bite has turned into Lyme disease or something?

Other symptoms: In lyme disease, there is usually a "bull's-eye" rash at the site of the tick bite, but this is often missed. Symptoms of more advanced lyme disease can include arthritis, neurological problems, and heart problems. Blood tests can sometimes be helpful in making the distinction. Living in pa, if you had a bite and a rash, treatment for early lyme may be appropriate. Otherwise discuss with your md. ...Read more

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How long after a tick bite would you start to see symptoms of Lyme disease?

How long after a tick bite would you start to see symptoms of Lyme disease?

1-2 weeks: If the tick was carrying the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and the bacteria was transmitted via the bite then most individuals will develop a flu like illness with fevers and muscle pains within a week or two. About half will also develop a bullseye rash at the site of the bite. ...Read more

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Why is a tick bite called Lyme disease?

Bite can lead to LD: Tick bites may transmit a variety of illnesses if the tick has been infected with a germ that uses the tick as a carrier. Rocky mountain spotted fever, tick bite fever & lime disease are some of the diseases that can be passed by ticks. Not all ticks carry diseases and not all bites will pass the germ. ...Read more

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Will all tick bites give me Lyme disease?

Will all tick bites give me Lyme disease?

No: Most will not and the tick needs to be embedded for about 24-48 hours to transmit the lyme disease bacteria. ...Read more

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Will a tick bite always produce a red ring or a guarantee of Lyme disease?

No: Only deer ticks carry the lyme organism, wood ticks do not. Not all deer ticks are infected. The characteristic rash is sometimes easy to miss. ...Read more

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What to do if I just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. Will I get Lyme disease?

What to do if I just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. Will I get Lyme disease?

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

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Daughter just diagnosed with Lyme disease 5 years after bite. Has had numerous symptoms. Wondering what treatment should be.?

Physician eval: Likely would require course of antibiotics but best have an evaluation by a physician with experience in cases like this. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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