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Could a rash but not a bulls-eye mark be a sign of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick?

Could a rash but not a bulls-eye mark be a sign of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick?

Depends on location : In the southeastern usa, a similar rash can occur following the bite of the lone star tick called southern tick associated tick illness or stari. Progression to arthritis or neurological disease appears not to occur. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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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


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I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.

I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.

Tick borne illnesses: include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply
inflammation; an expanding, red area of tenderness can be cellulitis (a skin infection, often caused by staph bacteria). If it is worsening or you develop a fever, please seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have red itchy spots randomly all over my legs, stomach & chest. They itch horribly. I do have Lyme disease could it be related or other causes?!

I have red itchy spots randomly all over my legs, stomach & chest. They itch horribly. I do have Lyme disease could it be related or other causes?!

Not sure of the: context. Lyme disease is an infection. It can have a rash and would need treatment. Mostly people mean "I think I might have had lyme disease sometime in the past". And the organism would certainly be entirely gone with treatment. While one can have an injury from it, it is less likely to have rash from treated lyme than treated gunshot wound.
THen, inflammations, infections, circulatory issues .. ...Read more

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Could the red and white circles (bulls eye) around a tick bite mean anything other than Lyme disease?

Could the red and white circles (bulls eye) around a tick bite mean anything other than Lyme disease?

Depends on location : In the southeastern usa, a similar rash can occur following the bite of the lone star tick called southern tick associated tick illness or stari. Progression to arthritis or neurological disease appears not to occur. ...Read more

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Can blood test be false negative for Lyme disease? Bulls eye bite on 8/16/13 but symptoms much worse since anesthesia from g.B. Removal on 10/11/13

YES!!!: A bulls-eye rash is pathognomonic of lyme, meaning it alone generally proves you got it. Blood tests are notoriously unreliable for lyme-only half with lyme have a positive eia & the confirmatory western blot has many false negatives, esp. If not done by igenex, the only lab with a reliable test!ultimately lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis.Treatment requires a comprehensive approach.See comment. ...Read more

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How long willit take for the "bulls eye" to come up to show you have Lyme disease from a deer tick?

How long willit take for the "bulls eye" to come up to show you have Lyme disease from a deer tick?

3-30 days or never: A bulls-eye rash (erythema migrans) after a tick bite is considered a sure sign that one has been infected with lyme & appears 3-30 days after the bite (usually 3-7 days). However, half or more of those proven to have lyme do not recall this rash. One should therefore not wait to see if they develop this rash to seek preventive treatment. The sooner treatment is started after exposure the better! ...Read more

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One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye.  Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may possibly be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...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 bit by a tick pulled all out and has left a mark for a month? My back and arm muscles are aching but I do not have a bull's eye. Lyme disease ?

I was bit by a tick pulled all out and has left a mark for a month? My back and arm muscles are aching but I do not have a bull's eye. Lyme disease ?

Tick bite and aches: You should definitely see your physician as you may have lymes or other disease without a rash. You still can be treated. See your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Further evaluation: I would suggest a work up to include further evaluation of your asthma which is being treated with Advair. The evaluation will include a pulse oximetry test with and without exercise. These symptoms may be related to uncontrolled asthma. In addition, a TB test and CF screening test can be performed. A complete physical exam and history will determine other causes. ...Read more

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Complications- Lyme disease, bipolar disorder, and dental abscess that has spread to heart/brain/ears/eyes?

Seek skilled doctor: This is an incredibly complex situation that requires the care of an experienced ; skilled holistic doc. Treat your dental abscess first. Anyone with lyme ; bipolar disorder probably has pyrroluria- see http://betterhealthguy.Com/kpu
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Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of new Lyme disease if you don't have a rash?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease affects different areas of the body in varying degrees as it progresses. The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, nerve. ...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.

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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Is it possible to have Lyme disease and no rash?

Absolutely: The bite or characteristic rash may be in a area that the affected person cannot see such as the back or scalp. ...Read more

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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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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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Last year I was hiking and was bit multiple times by horseflies. 1 bite swelled very large on my foot and another had a "bullseye" looking rash. I've had many health issues since then that seem lyme disease related. Who can I contact to get tested?

Last year I was hiking and was bit multiple times by horseflies. 1 bite swelled very large on my foot and another had a "bullseye" looking rash. I've had many health issues since then that seem lyme disease related. Who can I contact to get tested?

Your Family Doctor: You should consult your family doctor. If you don't have one,then go to a clinic. Horse flies bite will not cause Lyme Didease. But you can be checked by physical exam and blood test ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

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Rash (Definition)

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