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Doctor insights on: Swollen Big Toe From Lyme Disease

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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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How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

Let me help: 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. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease ever go away?

Controversial: Most doctors believe that lyme disease can be cured by antibiotics. There are some who think that lyme can evolve into a chronic state, but this is controversial. Most treatments advertised for "chronic lyme disease" have little if any evidence to back them up. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for months?

Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for  months?

Yes: People react to infections in different ways. Most who are infected with lyme will have vague non-specific symptoms initially like headache and achiness that may be mild and not noticed as a sign of illness, but then have more pronounced symptoms that appear months or years later. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help raise awareness about Lyme disease?

Is there a way to help raise awareness about Lyme disease?

It is already high: Awareness is already high. Half of the new patients i see in my office think they may have lyme disease. About 5% of those are correct. ...Read more

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I like to hike, does this make me more susceptible to Lyme disease?

Exposure: While hiking you are more lilely to get exposed to ticks that may give you lyme disease. So always check your clothes and skin, including your feet and back for ticks and tick bites. ...Read more

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How do you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

How do you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

No need to exclude: Children with ld are at no risk of spreading their ailment to others. They can be included with other children in activities that are only limited to their level of tolerance. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more