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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Which bug bites (~30 on legs) other than ticks' can cause bullseye rash 2 weeks later? I went camping and these bites never itched nor hurt.

Which bug bites (~30 on legs) other than ticks' can cause bullseye rash 2 weeks later? I went camping and these bites never itched nor hurt.

Bites: It would be unusual to have 30 bites and not notice a tick. A bullseye rash is very suggestive of bites by a tick. See your doctor and if there is a possibility of tick bites be treated. They are very prevalent this year. All the best. ...Read more

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Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

14 days: The bullseye rash of lyme disease takes about 14 days to show up. You could have an allergic reaction to a bug bite that will develop within a day. Infection from a bite, not lyme disease, starts getting worse after about 2-3 days. ...Read more

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I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should i still get a test done?

I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should i still get a test done?

Get Rx & blood test!: A bullseye rash around a tick bite is considered proof of lyme disease.If you do not have symptoms yet, you almost certainly will over time. It takes time for a blood test to turn positive & you should not wait for this; the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome.Many lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day for a month to be safe.Also get tested for co-infections like babesia. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a tick in may 2008 in tennessee with a resulting bullseye rash; at this point in time, how can I tell whether I have Lyme or stari?

I was bitten by a tick in may 2008 in tennessee with a resulting bullseye rash; at this point in time, how can I tell whether I have Lyme or stari?

Persistent symptoms?: A tick bite causing a bullseye rash could be either lyme or stari. Stari tends to be self-limited without chronic symptoms. Lyme often causes ongoing fatigue, muscle/joint pains &/or neurological symptoms. If you have lyme-related symptoms get an igg & igm western blot from igenex labs, as other labs do less thorough tests. If you do not have ongoing symptoms it was probably stari. See comment:. ...Read more

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I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

Not just Lyme: Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases ( e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi), or else , the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick. ...Read more

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A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

Tick Bite: Definitely see your doctor for follow-up. CDC recommends two-step testing. First step: EIA (enzyme immunoassay). If the EIA is negative, no further testing of the specimen. If the EIA is positive or possible, then a “Western blot” test is ordered. If ill 30 days, only the IgG blot is done. A positive diagnosis requires positive for both EIA and blot ...Read more

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I removed a tick approx 3 months ago, No bullseye rash, no fever, no muscle aches, no symptoms. Tic has been fully removed but spot still itches.

Not Lyme: The fact that you have a persistently pruritic (itchy) scar from a previous tick bite, does not indicate that you were infected with Lyme Disease. Try 1% hydrocortisone cream. If no improvement see you clinician. If tic was on you less than three days and not antibiotic engourged, then treatment was not indicated. ...Read more

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How long do tick bite rashes last?

How long do tick bite rashes last?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more