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Insect Bites That Mimic Lyme Disease
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 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
Yes: Insect repellents are always a good idea to help prevent insect bites including ticks. ...Read more
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
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
How can you tell the? Difference between a Lyme disease circular red skin rash and a regular bug bite?
See a doctor: The typical lyme rash is an expanding. ...Read more
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
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
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.
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/erythema_chronicum_migrans & http://www. Lymenet. Org/burrguide200810.Pdf (see page 18 & 19). ...Read more
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
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
See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more
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
A month: It takes up to a month for the test to be positive. ...Read more
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
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
If you get bit by a deer tick, will it show a ring around it to show Lyme disease? How long does it take for the ring to appear?
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
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
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
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
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
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