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Medicine For Tick Borne Encephalitis
The human body is pretty well protected. We can block disease agents by protective defenses in the nose, mouth, lungs, skin, gut. However, certain agents can get injected into us by insects. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are the more common carriers of disease agents that get injected. Once the agent gets into our blood stream it can go directly to ...Read more
Disease carrier: The human body is pretty well protected. We can block disease agents by protective defenses in the nose, mouth, lungs, skin, gut. However, certain agents can get injected into us by insects. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are the more common carriers of disease agents that get injected. Once the agent gets into our blood stream it can go directly to the brain causing encephalitis. ...Read more
Just as possible: As adults who contract the disease. Only a small portion of infected individuals become ill and of those only 20 percent go on to the second more severe phase of the disease. Tick born encephalitis is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. There is now a vaccine. ...Read more
Yes- yourself: There is no specific drug to treat tbe. It depends on the effectiveness your immune system ito clear the virus infection. Hospitalization and supportive care may be needed, based on the severity of the infection. Anti-inflammatory drugs, intubation and ventilatory support maybe used in specific situations. ...Read more
Not available in US: If you'll be living & working in a high-risk area for a year or more, you may want to get the 3-dose series of vaccines over 6 months that are required, if available. Otherwise, use precautions against tick bites. ...Read more
Yes: If you live in an endemic area for tick borne disease, the answer is yes. ...Read more
Vaccine: Yes, the vaccine will afford you a degree of protection, otherwise not available ...Read more
I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?
Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more
Any & every symptom!: The most common tick-borne illness is lyme disease, which is well-known to cause any & every symptom that a person can have! Other tick-borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever, babesiosis and bartonella also cause a wide variety of symptoms. Still, the most common symptoms of tick-borne illness are fever & rash (especially at onset), joint pains, malaise, headache & fatigue. ...Read more
Unlikely: Tick borne illnesses are transmitted by the bite of these arthropods carrying the organism and not by the teeth or saliva of your dog. You should be aware, however, that dog bites can transmit a variety of other infections. Why is your dog biting you? Accident or vicious? Has the dog been vaccinated for rabies? Is is current? ...Read more
Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?
Good question.: No risk for tick borne illness here. Is there any type of rash at the wound site? An embedded part of the tick would fester a little under the skin and may become a little red and painful until the skin pushes it out or it's broken down. If you have been washing it over and over or scratching it I'd say eczema, neurodermatitis or scabies it possible without any other rash or lesions. See doc. ...Read more
Just that: Generally these test your blood for the presence of types of antibodies directed against the organisms carried by ticks. These are numerous and usually performed as a panel of tests, either in the hospital in your area or in a reference laboratory. ...Read more
Blood tests: Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended. ...Read more
I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?
Tick bite: If you have the tick, it can be sent to a lab to test for any disease it might carry. If not just monitor for 20-30 days for any flu-like symptoms or rash at the site where you found the tick. If test is positive or you have symptoms or rash, you should be treated. ...Read more
Can any tick-borne illness produce a rash similar to RMSF? Rash is my only symptom. Fading on doxy but still popping up in new spots here and ther
Tick borne illness: Many illnesses cause rash. Specifically talking about tick diseases in the United States, the other common rash causing tick diseases include anaplasmosis and ehlichiosis. Lyme disease can present with a rash but generally is not as diffuse as RMSF. Classic RMSF rash starts on the palms and feet/ankles moves in towards your chest. These diagnosis are confirmed with blood tests and/or rash biopsy. ...Read more
Common??: Most encephalitis is triggered by a variety of viruses that have no cure. Supportive meds/fluids can make the patient comfortable with the hope that the immune system will beat it. When the germ is a herpes virus they do have an antiviral that helps but once established is difficult to reverse damage already underway. ...Read more
Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more
Encephalitis: Japanese encephalitis is the leading cause of encephalitis in asia with 30, 000-50, 000 cases/year. I. ...Read more
Not particularly: Any shot will be noticed, but there is nothing particular about these vaccines ...Read more
The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more
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