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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

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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Incredibly itchy skin all over, with a pimply rash over my feet and legs. Been treated for scabies 5 times, and still have it. Could it be Lyme?

Incredibly itchy skin all over, with a pimply rash over my feet and legs. Been treated for scabies 5 times, and still have it. Could it be Lyme?

Doubtful.: This would not be a typical Lyme rash. Testing for Lyme during the rash phase usually isn't helpful - too early. I would see a dermatologist and treat the itching symptomatically in the meanwhile. ...Read more

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If my baby has a round, red, circular rash, could he have Lyme disease?

If my baby has a round, red, circular rash, could he have Lyme disease?

Unlikely: To develop lyme disease, you have to be exposed to a tick bite. Infants are unlikely to get bitten by ticks. ...Read more

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I got bit by a tick and got very ill and had a rash around it. I have every symptom of Lyme's. Where can I get tested in Arkansas?

I got bit by a tick and got very ill and had a rash around it. I have every symptom of Lyme's. Where can I get tested in Arkansas?

Go to ER: If you need to contact your doctor immediately or go to an ER to get checked since there is an early window during which Lyme disease can be effectively treated. The approach is usually treat as Lyme Disease while waiting confirmation with blood test Do not delay. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Lyme disease and no rash?

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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Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Lyme Disease: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite.This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease.However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of lyme disease. ...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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Can a Lyme disease rash be as small as a half dollar coin and can it be more purplish than red?

Can a Lyme disease rash be as small as a half dollar coin and can it be more purplish than red?

Yes it could: A small red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash called erythema migrans is one of the hallmarks of lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more areas. ...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?

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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My profile pic is a pic of big red bump with circle around it. This second bite/rash my son had like this. Tested neg for Lyme should he be seen again?

Get checked: Get checked by a Lyme literate medical doctor. Serological testing is inadequate to make an accurate diagnosis. Top Lyme literate docs diagnose based upon energy resonance testing, history, or presentation. Advocate to see a Lyme literate doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have a bulls-eye rash and no Lyme exposure?

Can you have a bulls-eye rash and no Lyme exposure?

Sure.: Lots of stuff other than lyme disease can cause annular rashes, including fungus infections, something called erythema multiforme, and a group of conditions called the figurate erythemas, among other things. A dermatologist can sort out the problem for you. ...Read more

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How long will a Lyme disease rash last?

How long will a Lyme disease rash last?

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

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What can be done for a Lyme disease rash when it's painful?

Check rash: The rash associated with lyme called erythema migrans is usually not itchy or painful, it might feel warm perhaps very mild itch but usually not painful so have ur dr check it out. ...Read more

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

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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My daughter has a perfect circular rash. How can I tell is it is ringworm or Lyme disease?

Exam: Lime disease responds to treatment best if caught early. Call your pediatrician for an appointment to ck for lime disease or other creepy crawlies that can cause circular rashes. Don't delay, call for an appointment now! ...Read more

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What can I do if my daughter has a perfect circular rash. How to tell between ringworm and Lyme disease?

Scaling: Ringworm or tinea corporis is typically scaly and red at edges and clear in the center. The bull's eye rash of lyme disease is not scaly. It is a flat red rash and often there are other faint blotchy red rashes elsewhere on the body that move around to different areas sporadically. Lyme disease also rare in alabama. See a physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more