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    February 28th, 2014Adminlyme disease rash

    Tonight we found a tick embedded in the neck of my 5 year old son. The tick didn’t seem at all engorged and was really small, but from the image I can find online it did look like a nymph deer tick (all we saw was a grayish behind and two legs – it was half-buried). There was no redness around the insertion zone. We rushed my son to ER where they removed the tick (unfortunately tearing it in the process though I think they cleaned all remains rather well :( I was told there was no need for tests or antiobiotics. I understand we have to keep an eye out for about 30 days for the rash (which doesn’t appear always), fever, headache and muscle pain.So I have two questions:a. The is the % risk of catching lyme or another zoonotic disease?b. Is there anything else we need to keep an eye out?Many thanks

    How common is Lyme disease?Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in Europe and North America. People who spend time in woodland or heath areas are more at risk of developing Lyme disease because these areas are where tick-carrying animals, such as deer and mice, live. In North America I could only say there will be about a 40% chance of it developing into lyme disease as it is more common in America than the UK and roughly 15% chance of another zoonotic disease developing as they are not that common. sorry I can’t be exactly precise.What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a pink or red circular rash that develops around the area of the bite, three to 30 days after someone is bitten. The rash is often described as looking like a bull’s-eye on a dart board.You may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as tiredness, headaches and muscle or joint pain.If Lyme disease is left untreated, further symptoms may develop months or even years later and can include:muscle painjoint pain and swelling of the jointsneurological symptoms, such as temporary paralysis of the facial musclesLyme disease in its late stages can trigger symptoms similar to those of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. This is known as chronic Lyme disease, although more research into this form of Lyme disease is needed.Try not to worry if caught early Lyme Disease is easily treatable with antibiotics, just keep an eye on your son’s neck for the next couple of months and if anything should develop just go to the doctors and they will easily get it sorted out. Hope your son remains well.Link below will show you the areas of America that have had reported cases of lyme disease.

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    February 7th, 2014Adminlyme disease in dogs

    what are the symptoms of lyme disease in dogs? is lyme disease contagious? can it be passed from dog to human?

    Lyme Disease is caused by a spirochete called Borrelia. A spirochete is a type of bacterium. It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of a tick. The feeding tick is basically a blood sucker. It must keep its host’s blood from clotting in order to continue sucking so it is able to regurgitate assorted enzymes to keep the blood flow liquid and smooth. It is during this regurgitation process that the Lyme spirochete is brought up from the tick’s midgut to its mouthparts. This process requires a minimum of 48 hours which means that if the tick is removed within 48 hours of attachment, the spirochete cannot be transmitted and the host will not get the disease. Once in the blood stream, it is carried to many parts of the dog’s body. It is especially likely to localize in joints. Lyme Disease Symptoms: In dogs, Lyme disease produces symptoms characterized by arthritis, though it can sometimes involve heart, nervous system and the kidneys. The arthritic joints may become swollen and hot, and there may be a fever (102 to 105 degrees) and poor appetite. Dogs may also become lame because of the disease. This painful lameness often appears suddenly and may shift from one leg to another. If untreated, it may eventually disappear, only to recur weeks or months later. The glands (lymph nodes) of the dog may also be swollen. Many dogs suffering from Lyme Disease are taken to a veterinarian because they seem to be experiencing generalized pain and have stopped eating. Often these dogs have high fevers. Some dogs are affected with the Lyme Disease organism for over a year before they finally show symptoms. By this time, the disease may be quite widespread in the dog’s body. It can’t be passed from dog to human, however, if you were to be bitten by a deer tick, you can get lyme disease also.

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