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[QUOTE=ticker]MB, do you think it looks like a bullseye rash? If so, it is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected, and it may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA.

If you post where you are located, we can tell you of the closest knowledgable doctors to you that we know of.[/QUOTE]

I live in the Poconos .. North-East Pennsylvania close to East Stroudsburg. Im probably going to go to the ER tonight about the rash. Im sure the hospital should know the best route of treatment.. I have read a few threads here already though..About that lady who only had a 21 day supply of anti-biotics.. I'll make sure I get more then that.

I have a few questions.

Do normal ticks (that do not carry lyme disease) also make the bullseye rash or no?

How long till the bullseye rash occurs? this way I can tell how long since I've been bit. I have the rash now. Started showing up yesterday slightly...much more pronounced today.

I currently just feel really dizzy, and tired.. I've been on Enbrel for 2 years before this for psoriatic arthritis..so this may be why I dont feel much pain.. Enbrel has been a godsend for my pain and psoriasis... Not sure if I could even continue taking Enbrel while on this anti-biotic im going to receive?

How often does lyme disease show up on blood tests and are blood tests the most recommended?

any questions answered would be much appreciated.

thanks
MB

ps. I read this from some lyme site..not sure how up to date it is :
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There are three types of antibody tests to detect Lyme disease.

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This common and rapid test to detect Lyme disease antibodies is considered the most sensitive screening test for Lyme disease.

Indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA). This test also screens for Lyme disease antibodies, but it may produce false results more often than ELISA.

Western blot test. This test also detects Lyme disease antibodies and can confirm the results of an ELISA or IFA test. It is most often done to detect a chronic Lyme disease infection.
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