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Hi Camel22, welcome to the board :)

I am sorry you had a tick on you. Your wife removed it the only safe way, with tweezers. Thank goodness you did not crush it! Why would the doctor tell you to do this? You were [I]very[/I] wise to save it. It can be tested for disease at IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA.

No Lyme test is completely reliable and most people test negative early in the infection. You had the bite, you have symptoms, you need proper treatment. 200 mg of Doxy is not strong enough for Lyme and 21 days is not long enough treatment. I believe the recommended dose for Lyme is 300-600 mg daily. Also, an infection caught within two weeks of the bite should be treated with a minimum of six weeks of the proper dose antibiotic. The bacteria are killed only when they reproduce, which is estimated at around four weeks. A six week course will cover one growth cycle. If symptoms are still present, further treatment is warranted. Getting the proper treatment early in the infection may reduce the chance of long-term complications.

When taking Doxy, do not have any dairy, iron or magnesium products two hours before or after the Doxy or it will not be absorbed properly. Avoid the sun or you could get a severe burn even with sunscreen on. Also, do not lay down for at least an hour after taking or you could ulcerate your esophagus. This happened to me and it is very painful. If it makes you nauseous, eat something substantial and non-dairy before taking it. This should all be listed on the pharmacy sheet.

A bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme. Take photos of your rash so you have evidence of it. Place something near it before photographing, like a coin or ruler, to give it size defintion.

Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit several co-infections--Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. California has a different strain of Babesiosis called WA-1. It is important to be tested for these because many people who have Lyme are co-infected. Night sweats are a major symptom of Babesiosis.

Oral antibiotics can be very effective against tickborne illnesses. There is no best med for every case and sometimes it is trial-and-error to find the best one. If co-infections are involved, it will affect treatment choice and progress. There is an excellent Lyme doctor in Los Angeles. His name is Dr. Steven Harris. I hope you can get an appointment with him soon.

Please keep me posted.

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