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Tick Borne Varieties Of Neurological Disease
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
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
Does a tick have to be engorged to make u sick or cause tick borne illness keeping myself in panic. Tick was over a month ago had 4?
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
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
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
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
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
Trigger Points: Although trigger points are not really a neurological disease as such, they are the most common cause of severe musculoskeletal pain. One theory is that local inflammation irriates nerves in the area with substantial pain and spasm developing. If you suffer from these, they can be quite painful. ...Read more
Refers to loss of myelin in the central/peripheral nervous system. In the CNS the most common cause is multiple sclerosis (ms). In the pns the most common cause is diabetes. Symptoms for CNS demyelination depend upon where the lesion is located- visual, motor, sensory...
In the pns, symptoms for demyelination include paresthesias, numbness, burning, weakness and usually starting in the legs. ...Read more
Yes: And make U sick: Not only do lone star ticks transmit lyme disease, they do so faster than other ticks, according to stuff that I have read. I learned that ticks usually must be attached for at least 24 hours before there is risk of getting lyme, but not so for the lone star tick...In less than 24 hours of attachment you could get iinfected. The white spot on the tick is easy to see, so get to your md quickly. ...Read more
Deer ticks & maybe..: The most common carriers of borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes lyme disease, are deer ticks (ixodes scapularis) and their cousin ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick). There is evidence lone star ticks may transmit it. Other ixodes species may carry it too, as may dog ticks and rocky mountain wood ticks. See http://www. Canlyme. Com/ticks. Html for more info on this. ...Read more
All sorts, varies: This is a particularly broad question. There are diseases with a genetic predisposition, such as multiple sclerosis. There are diseases where some people have a genetic form and some have a sporadic form, i.e. Parkinson disease. Then there are diseases where if you have the gene, you will get the disease--huntington disease. There are varied inheritances for the different muscular dystrophies. ...Read more
No: The bulls eye lesion clooks just like it says - a bullseye- central redness then a rim of clearing then a larger rim of redness. Just like a bulls eye. ...Read more
Many symptoms...: If bitten by a deer tick one should watch carefully for symptoms. Look for a bulls-eye rash- if you have this you have lyme, but it only happens half the time. Other early symptoms are mild flu-like symptoms (headache. Aches, mild fever), then joint pains, fatigue, problems with memory & concentration and virtually any symptom in the world. Deer ticks may spread ehrlichia, babesia, bartonella etc. ...Read more
NF 1, very briefly: Nf 1, from a mutation at chr. 17q11.2 has highly variable medical & neurodevelopmental manifestations. Nerve tumors form on/under skin, in brain & other areas of nervous system, & other parts of body. Genetics, neuro, psychology, development, tumor. Eye specialists & surgeons are some drs. Who help patients with nf. Learning disorders & adhd often occur. Www. Ctf. Org has complete info & resources. ...Read more
See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more
Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling, joint pain, and cardiac (heart) symptoms. ...Read more