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Hi janashob, welcome to the board!

How did you remove the tick? As mentioned, if you saved the tick have it tested for the co-infections at IgeneX. Also as mentioned, get photographs of your rash. This is important documentation. Although a bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease, there are many kinds of Lyme rashes. Only about 50% of people who have Lyme get a rash.

100 mg of Doxy daily is not strong enough and two weeks of treatment is not long enough for Lyme disease. I believe the recommended dose of Doxy for Lyme is 300-600 mg daily. The minimum treatment time for an infection caught within two weeks of the bite is six weeks of the right dose antibiotic.
If symptoms are still present after this time, further treatment is warranted.

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor and to be tested for the co-infections that ticks can transmit. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected. Where are you located?

Make sure you read the pharmacy print-out regarding Doxy. Do not have any dairy, iron, or magnesium products within two hours of the Doxy. If it makes you nauseous, eat something substantial (and non-dairy) before taking it. Avoid the sun. You can get a severe burn in minutes even when wearing sunscreen. Do not lay down for at least an hour after taking it or you can ulcerate your esophagus. This happened to me and it is very paiful. Whenever you take any antibiotics, make sure you take high-quality acidophiuls capsules. They replace the good bacteria in your system and help to prevent yeast overgrowth. You can get them at most health food stores.

Are you aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx)? Often when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms become worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be very scary when it happens, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. Although it varies individually, many people experience this every three to four weeks (another reason treatment needs to be longer than 2 weeks).

Let me know what state you are in and I will tell you of the closest knowledgeable doctor to you that I know of .

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