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Lyme Disease Rash On Ankles Wrist Knees Elbows
42 female, acute onset swelling/pain leg, knee, ankle, feet, wrist. Fatigue. Eosinophil level 760. bit by tick 8 weeks ago. ELISA neg. For Lyme disease.
Must treat: This is very suspicious for Lyme. About 30% will never test positive for Lyme. You need a course of antibiotics ASAP. Lyme must be treated quickly, or else it becomes chronic and is much harder to treat. ...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
Can someone have Lyme disease without fatigue? Muscle aches/tightness in right side of body, esp upper back/scapular area, arm, and leg for 3 weeks?
Could knee, foot, calf, and leg pain be caused my Lyme disease or mono or ra? What types of tests should I have? I do have a back history
Cannot diagnose: You need to be thoroughly evaluated and to communicate effectively with the doctor (s) seeing you. This cannot be done long distance over the internet. Make a detailed list of all your symptoms, the sequence in which they occur and their relationships with each other and take this with all you prior medical records to either a rheumatologist or an infectious diseases doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
26 yo female with severe knee and hand pain in the morning along with pain on balls of feet. Pain also in middle of night. Possible RA or Lyme disease?
Anything is possible: No need to speculate. Go see your family doctor for evaluation, testing & treatment options. S/he can refer you to a rheumatologist if necessary. ...Read more
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
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
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
I was diagnosid with Lyme disease over a month ago now my lower leg hurt and when im walking it feels as if I have weights on my legs they are heavy?
How were you treated: I am not sure what your question is! Lyme can cause virtually any symptom, including yours. When you were diagnosed how long did they think you had it? If you had just been bitten I advise 200 mg Doxycycline 2x/day for 30 days but most docs under-treat. If you've had it longer antibiotics are usually not enough to treat chronic lyme. It's important to see a doctor with expertise in lyme. See comment:. ...Read more
I was diagnosis and treated for Lyme disease mnt ago now my legs feel heavy and hurt as does my knee and im experiencing dropfoot what could this be?
I pulled a tick from behind my knee 3 days ago. So far I have not experienced any symptoms. Should I still be concerned about Lyme disease?
Ixodes scapularis: You do need to make sure it wasn't a deer tick. They are very small. Compared to dog ticks for example. Do you still have the tick or did you discard it? If you have it, bring it to your PCP. F there's any question that it could be a deer tick, I would treat with doxycycline just to make sure. ...Read more
22 year-old woman is 59" and 85 pounds, found to have osteoporosis, and despite not having any eating problems, cannot gain weight to get back.....?
I'm having dull pain in my knees and my elbows. Was Advised by Dr. I tested borderline for Lyme's disease. Will the doxycycline100 take the pain away?
Maybe: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that will treat the disease and that will ease the pain. You might find that taking over the counter ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen if you can tolerate them may help with the pain. Also applying heat to the joints or using creams may give some relief. ...Read more
2 y.o. w/ pimply rash on butt next day spread to knees& elbows. Dr DX w/ hand foot mouth but no mouth sores & she was not sick. Not itchy or painful?
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
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
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
If I had a tick on for more than a day because I thought it was a mole but I didn't get a rash does that mean I couldn't have Lyme disease?
No..: Less likely, but serologies for Lyme should be obtained! ...Read more
56y/o male with macular non branching rash on both lower extremities. Appeared suddenly. Feels generally unwell. Previous diagnosis of Lyme Disease.
Not Lyme: See a dermatologist. The rash is not related to Lyme. ...Read more
I noticed small bug on back of my hand. I pushed it with my other hand & it flew or fell in the ground. After couple mins, I got red bump. Lyme disease?
Possibly: Go see your doctor. He/she can run tests to evaluate the possibility. ...Read more
Does pheriferal neuropathy caused by Lyme disease go away by itself after healing lyme? My left foot is burning...I can't get no sleep because of it
See a neurologist: This is one situation in which I would urge a 2nd opinion with a neurologist if you have not already seen one. If the neuropathy is related to lyme disease (and imo that is a large "if") the injury to the nerves heals very slowly. A neurologist would rule out other causes and offer you meds which are often very helpful in minimizing the symptoms. ...Read more
Usually 3-5 weeks: Erythema migraines, the bullseye rash associated with lyme, typically appears 7-10 days after a tick bite, though it can be from 1-33 days. It usually lasts 3-5 weeks, though could be shorter or longer. It tends to gradually expand over time. While often said to appear in 80-90% of those with lyme, actually no more than 30% with lyme recall a rash- see www. Jemsekspecialty. Com/lyme_detail. Php? Sid=6. ...Read more