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Doctor insights on: My Father Has Advanced Lyme Disease What Should I Tell Him

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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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Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Yes and yes: If the mother has lyme disease, it can be passed to the fetus during pregnancy. If the infected mother is treated with a conservative dose of antibiotics during preg, lyme doesn't circulate so doesn't infect fetus. Infected male partner can pass the infection through semen to partner. Lyme is a bacteria not a virus. ...Read more

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Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease: 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, and nervous system. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consult: How advanced and what's involved? Do you have cardiac involvement, cerebral involvement, etc. These factors determine the plan of care. You need to see an infectious disease specialist, and bring along copies of your studies if you have them. ...Read more

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Ringworm or Lyme disease, how can I tell?

Ringworm or Lyme disease, how can I tell?

see a doctor: You really can't. You are best seeing a dermatologist or your family doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

See details: I assume you know what a bruise looks like. If it looks like a bruise, it is likely to be a bruise. The lyme rash often has a bulls-eye appearance. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's hard to swallow when you have Lyme disease?

Mold toxins: There is a high correlative factor with patients who have Lyme Disease and with mold toxicity. I have seen a number of patients who complain of throat issues with mold toxicity. There is specific urine testing available to identify which mold toxin and how much is present. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between and infection from the tick or possible Lyme disease?

How can you tell the difference between and infection from the tick or possible Lyme disease?

Partly geography,,,: Though one may be bitten by a tick, it may not transmit lyme, depending on where you are and how long the tick has been feeding(ie. Ticks that carry lyme aren't found in az; in ca, the tick ixodes pacifica does carry it). However, as dr. Baker describes, there are many more other infections one can get from ticks, with a single feeding resulting in the presence of more than 2 or 3 types of bugs. ...Read more

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If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?

If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?

Not a clue: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.You provide no info beyond a negative test result.No history, no exam findings,no initial problem. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete,We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is Lyme disease tested?

Blood test.: Simple blood test are very helpful. If the screening test is positive then another blood test, the western blot, is done to confirm. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

It depends: It depends of the stage of the disease and the specific area of the body affected. Primary disease will usually resolve in about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How do people treat advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consultation: Patients with advanced lyme's disease need to be evaluated by an infectious disease specialist. Their therapy may require intravenous medications but that requires further evaluations. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have arthritis or Lyme disease?

Evaluation and testi: Have the problem evaluated and appropriate lab tests ordered. A rheumatologist can help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for Lyme disease (advanced)?

What is the treatment for Lyme disease (advanced)?

Depends: Chronic lyme needs to be treated by at least two antibiotics. Other supportive treatments such as herbals, vitamins, and supplements are also useful. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is western blot good in diagnosing Lyme disease?

Not great: But it is used to diagnoses lyme disease as it is one of the better tests we have. The cdc recently stated it believes lyme infections are about ten times higher than predicted due to false negatives related to current testing. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How can I tell if a tick bite has turned into Lyme disease or something?

Other symptoms: In lyme disease, there is usually a "bull's-eye" rash at the site of the tick bite, but this is often missed. Symptoms of more advanced lyme disease can include arthritis, neurological problems, and heart problems. Blood tests can sometimes be helpful in making the distinction. Living in pa, if you had a bite and a rash, treatment for early lyme may be appropriate. Otherwise discuss with your md. ...Read more

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I read a blog post about advanced Lyme disease. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

I read a blog post about advanced Lyme disease. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is a tick borne bacterial disease associated with skin rash, arthritis, nerve damage and a variety of other signs and symptoms. The existence, pathology and treatment of chronic or advanced lyme disease is controversial and some experts even doubt the existence of chronic lyme disease. ...Read more

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My daughter found a bug in her hair. Not sure if its a tick, worried about lyme disease, is there anyway to tell?

?got bug ?: If you have the bug you could look for an image on line & compare. Lyme disease does not occur if the tick has not embedded & fed for a day. It is worth a good look over for her whole body, but what you describe is not worrisome. ...Read more