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    April 25th, 2014Adminlyme disease rash

    Yeah, i was told that i might ha ve lymes disease or hives. My rash goes away very quickly, and flares out time after time. I was reading and i do not think it sounds like this happens with lymes. Can anyone give their opinion on this?

    Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that causes signs and symptoms ranging from rash, fever, chills and body aches to joint swelling, weakness and temporary paralysis. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the disease and spread it when feeding. You’re more likely to get Lyme disease if you live or spend time in the grassy and heavily wooded areas where ticks carrying the disease breed. It’s important to take common-sense precautions in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent. If treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of the disease, you’ll most likely recover completely. However, some people have recurring or lingering symptoms long after the infection has cleared. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lyme-disease/DS00116

    Get it checked out some people die from that if they dont get it looked at

    I would defintely recommend you going to see a doctor, even if it doesn’t sound like lyme disease to you, it may be in a early stage and not yet delevoped. Most dieases if caught early enough, are 100 % okay & fine. Go to your DR. you don’t want to put your health on the back burner.

    My mom has late stage Neurological Lyme Disease, and she had rashes like this as a child. The sooner you get check out the easier the Lyme will be to treat, if you do have it.

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    April 18th, 2014Adminlyme disease rash

    At the time I worked on a horse farm, in the country area of NJ. I noticed this rash when I had been diagnosed with a chronic illness called ITP. I still have found no answers as to what this rash was, why I have multiple health problems. I was reactive to lyme AB antibodies, plus one band on the western blot. But they won’t diagnose me since I’m not “totally positive” on my testing. Shouldn’t lyme be a clinical diagnosis, I read its very hard to test positive, and this is an ongoing illness for the past 5 years. I uploaded the rash to this address:http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l180/pugsnchickens/yucky.jpgany opinions? any young doctors in training out there?My history, healthy 23 year old, dx with ITP and Graves disease. I have not traveled out of the country…lyme is native to NJ. That rash is actually not characteristic of ITP. I have never had another one since then. Petchitiae are small pin dot red marks, not bulls eye shaped with an inner “bite” like there is in my photo. Of course the photo won’t look like the typical rash, I have a bleeding disorder that predominantly affects my skin, so I wouldn’t be surprised that this rash is unusual looking. No other ITP patient I’ve ever seen a rash like that. Also, removing one’s spleen only works in 40% of ITP cases, if I had removed my spleen the only medication that works for me, would be ineffective (rhogam). I’m not asking for a lesson on the disease I have, but comments on the rash. Thanks for the comments Evelyn, I sent you an email from the website. Not sure after all this time I should investigate, since my health is the best it’s ever been.

    What you have is definitely ITP, for a couple of reasons. For one, Lyme disease is deadly. There is no way you could have Lyme disease for 5 years. You would have died long ago. Secondly, the picture you included is a rash that is absolutely characteristic of ITP. A rash you get from Lyme disease is shaped like a bulls eye (with the tick that bit you right in the middle). It is completely possible to test positively for Lyme disease and not have the disease. Furthermore, the ITP would cause multiple health problems because of the deficiency of platelets. Talk to your doctor and let him/her know that you are concerned. I assume you are on corticosteroids and hemophoresis. Sometimes having your spleen removed can help too. Again, talk to your doctor. Best of luck to you.

    Your best bet is a teaching hospital . Like the Mayo clinic you’ll probably have to agree to a stay for a certain period of time like three days. Then agree to let up to fifteen doctors examine you and make tests.

    This doesn’t look like Lyme disease, it’d a reaction to something but what ? I dint know your history, your age or what you’ve been doing where you’ve traveled to. It all means something.

    Please check out my web site:www.lowerbuckslymegroup.org and look at some of the links. My favorites are the Empire State site and the Calda site. They have pics of many different rashes. As far as the idea that you would be dead if you had Lyme for 5 years, Ridiculous…My grandson had it since birth and was only diagnosed at 10 years old. Many folks have it for years before being diagnosed or treated. Please send a blood sample to Igenex (link on my site) They do a better job of testing and will send you a full report. YES, Lyme should be a clinical diagnosis!!! It was never meant to be one of blood work as the tests are so inaccurate. Please hook up with a support group through Lyme Net (www.lymenet.org) and get a nmae of a Lyme LIterate Doctor, the misinformation spread around and ignorance of most of the medical profession is appaling. Take Care, Ev

    Good sources of info about Lyme disease:

    http://www.lymedisease.org

    http://www.ilads.org

    http://www.canlyme.com

    http://www.lymenet.org

    http://www.lymeinfo.net

    http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org

    http://www.lymedoctor.com

    http://www.touchedbylyme.org

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    April 11th, 2014Adminlyme disease in dogs

    My dog Cruiser recently tested positive for Lyme. Though disappointing, this news did not altogether surprise me. He is a 3-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever with a penchant for outdoor adventure. The very suggestion that I am preparing to go for a walk sets him dancing around me like a half-drunk and joyful, if oversized, pup. He lives for our walks in the woods, trips to the elds and river and    .. more …

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    April 4th, 2014Adminlyme disease rash

    My dog is 5 year old cocker spaniel. I found 2 deer ticks biting him 1 was in his ear and the other on top of his head. They were both there for a while because they were fat and white. I also want to know if there is any cures for lyme disease for a dog. thank you

    DefinitionLyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by a skin rash, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. See also tick removal.Alternative NamesBorreliosis Causes, incidence, and risk factorsLyme disease was first described in the United States in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, but has now been reported in most parts of the United States.Most cases occur in the Northeast, upper Midwest, and along the Pacific coast. Mice and deer are the most commonly infected animals that serve as host to the tick. Most infections occur in the late spring, summer, and early fall.The disease can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may mimic other diseases. A characteristic red rash usually occurs at the site of the bite. However, the bite may go unnoticed. A few months to years after the bite, joint inflammation, neurological symptoms, and sometimes heart symptoms may occur.The initial infection is called primary Lyme disease. From there, secondary Lyme disease and tertiary Lyme disease may develop.There are more than 16,000 cases of Lyme disease per year in the United States.Risk factors for Lyme disease include walking in high grasses, other activities that increase tick exposure, and having a pet that may carry ticks home.SymptomsDeer ticks can be so small that they are almost impossible to see. Therefore, many people with Lyme disease never even saw a tick. These people are more likely to develop symptoms because the tick remained on their body longer.The symptoms of Lyme disease include:A flat or slightly raised red lesion at the site of the tick bite (can be larger than 1 to 3 inches in diameter, often with a clear area in the center) FeverHeadacheLethargyMuscle painsStiff neckJoint inflammation in the knees and other large jointsAdditional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:Itching, overallunusual or strange behaviorSigns and testsPhysical examination in advanced Lyme disease may show evidence of joint, heart, or brain abnormalities Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi by immunofluorescence (IFA) or ELISA. ELISA tests are confirmed with a Western blot test.TreatmentAntibiotics are prescribed based on disease stages and manifestations. Doxycycline, tetracycline, cefuroxime, ceftriaxone, and penicillin are some of the choices.Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, are sometimes prescribed to relieve joint stiffness.Note: Doxycycline is usually not prescribed for children until after all the permanent teeth have erupted. It can permanently discolor teeth that are still forming.Expectations (prognosis)If diagnosed in the early stages, the disease can be cured with antibiotics. If left untreated, complications involving joints, the heart, and the nervous system can occur. ComplicationsSecondary Lyme diseaseTertiary Lyme diseaseCalling your health care providerCall your health care provider if symptoms of Lyme disease develop. PreventionWhen walking or hiking in wooded or grassy areas, tuck long pants into socks to protect the legs, and wear shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Ticks will show up on white or light colors better than dark colors, making them easier to remove from your clothing. Spray your clothes with insect repellant.Check yourself and your pets frequently. If you find ticks, remove them immediately by using tweezers, pulling carefully and steadily.Ticks can be fairly large — about the size of a pencil eraser — or so small that they are almost impossible to see. After returning home, remove your clothes and thoroughly inspect all skin surface areas, including your scalp. Ticks can quickly climb up the length of your body. Some ticks are large and easy to locate. Other ticks can be quite small, so carefully evaluate all spots on the skin.

    Call a vet or petstore fast the will know what to do!!!

    A dog’s chance of getting Lyme’s disease are pretty good. Are you sure you removed deer ticks? They are the size of a pinhead. Are you in a state that has a high prevalence of Lyne’s such as Wisconsin and Maine. Check the prevalence in your state. The dog can be tested and will be given a long course of antibiotics just like a human. It will be about 4 pills a day for almost a month. Just went through this with my dog. The dog, unlike the human, can also vaccinated against Lynes.

    Your vet can run tests to see if its likely he got it. Doxicyclene is the antibiotic of choice to treat Lyme.

    I would get your dog to the vet ASAP to make absolutely sure you got all of the ticks.

    Not to scare you, but I was once told that ticks that make it into a dog’s ear can cause some very nasty damage if they keep traveling. ( I haven’t researched that bit of info myself, so I don’t know for certain that it’s true. )

    Here are some very informative Lyme Disease sites:

    http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/lyme.html

    http://www.uspcak9.com/medical/lymedisease.shtml

    http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/showarticle.cfm?id=256

    Best of luck to your dog !

    Definition

    Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by a skin rash, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. See also tick removal.

    Alternative Names

    Borreliosis

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Lyme disease was first described in the United States in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, but has now been reported in most parts of the United States.

    Most cases occur in the Northeast, upper Midwest, and along the Pacific coast. Mice and deer are the most commonly infected animals that serve as host to the tick. Most infections occur in the late spring, summer, and early fall.

    The disease can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may mimic other diseases. A characteristic red rash usually occurs at the site of the bite. However, the bite may go unnoticed. A few months to years after the bite, joint inflammation, neurological symptoms, and sometimes heart symptoms may occur.

    The initial infection is called primary Lyme disease. From there, secondary Lyme disease and tertiary Lyme disease may develop.

    There are more than 16,000 cases of Lyme disease per year in the United States.

    Risk factors for Lyme disease include walking in high grasses, other activities that increase tick exposure, and having a pet that may carry ticks home.

    Symptoms

    Deer ticks can be so small that they are almost impossible to see. Therefore, many people with Lyme disease never even saw a tick. These people are more likely to develop symptoms because the tick remained on their body longer.

    The symptoms of Lyme disease include:

    A flat or slightly raised red lesion at the site of the tick bite (can be larger than 1 to 3 inches in diameter, often with a clear area in the center)

    Fever

    Headache

    Lethargy

    Muscle pains

    Stiff neck

    Joint inflammation in the knees and other large joints

    Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

    Itching, overall

    unusual or strange behavior

    Signs and tests

    Physical examination in advanced Lyme disease may show evidence of joint, heart, or brain abnormalities

    Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi by immunofluorescence (IFA) or ELISA. ELISA tests are confirmed with a Western blot test.

    Treatment

    Antibiotics are prescribed based on disease stages and manifestations. Doxycycline, tetracycline, cefuroxime, ceftriaxone, and penicillin are some of the choices.

    Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, are sometimes prescribed to relieve joint stiffness.

    Note: Doxycycline is usually not prescribed for children until after all the permanent teeth have erupted. It can permanently discolor teeth that are still forming.

    Expectations (prognosis)

    If diagnosed in the early stages, the disease can be cured with antibiotics. If left untreated, complications involving joints, the heart, and the nervous system can occur.

    Complications

    Secondary Lyme disease

    Tertiary Lyme disease

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if symptoms of Lyme disease develop.

    Prevention

    When walking or hiking in wooded or grassy areas, tuck long pants into socks to protect the legs, and wear shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Ticks will show up on white or light colors better than dark colors, making them easier to remove from your clothing. Spray your clothes with insect repellant.

    Check yourself and your pets frequently. If you find ticks, remove them immediately by using tweezers, pulling carefully and steadily.

    Ticks can be fairly large — about the size of a pencil eraser — or so small that they are almost impossible to see. After returning home, remove your clothes and thoroughly inspect all skin surface areas, including your scalp. Ticks can quickly climb up the length of your body. Some ticks are large and easy to locate. Other ticks can be quite small, so carefully evaluate all spots on the skin.

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