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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)

Lyme is 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 diagnosis is 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?

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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