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Medicine For Tick Borne Illness
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aside from Lyme itself, do the long-term and sometimes extreme treatment protocols by "Lyme literate mds" for tick-borne illness have any truth? They have you believe all humans in the E USA need combitorial antibiotics/antiprotozoals to find health
Beware of quacks: The problem with Lyme disease is that there is a whole other 'culture' of treating Lyme that is well outside of established medical principles. There's actually a case I know of where the patient DIED because of some 'quack' treatment by one of these Lyme doctors. I suggest you seek out a board certified Infectious Disease doctor who can offer you real options that actually work and restore health ...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
Does a tick have to be engorged to transmit illness or make me sick and if the tick still flat am I ok I'm really worried thank u?
Can transmit illness:
A tick doesn't have to be engorged to transmit infections; being engorged means it was attached long enough to feed on you but it doesn't have to be on that long to transmit Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella, Anaplasma etc.
I strongly advise finding a Lyme-literate Dr. For evaluation and treatment.
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Adequate doses of doxycycline can prevent Lyme but you may need other Rx too. ...Read more
I've had 4 ticks bites but when got off they were not engorged should I be worried or needs meds lonestar tick would I have signs of illness?
4 tick bites: Since there were so many and you may have inadvertently had others I would seek medical attention and get treated. In general I treat people with tick bites because the sequela can be so significant. Would also check lyme titers in now and in 6 weeks (unbeknown to you, you may have had previous bites and have titers-most lyme I saw never knew they had a bite. F/u/ w/ doc w/in 24 hours ...Read more