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Re: Bit by a Tick
Aug 12, 2006
Hi NancyEllen. How did you remove the tick? Did you save it? If so, it can be tested for disease at IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA.

As Marsha stated, a bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme. The rash alone merits treatment. Do get photos, it is important documentation. Place something near the rash, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size definition. Then you have evidence of it if needed later.

From what I understand, an infection caught within two weeks of the bite should be treated with a minimum of six weeks of the [I]proper dose [/I]antibiotic. The antibiotics kill the bacteria when they are reproducing, which is estimated at four weeks. Six weeks of treatment will cover one growth cycle. If symptoms are still present, further treatment is warranted. A longer infection needs longer treatment. Getting the proper treatment early in the infection may reduce the chance of long-term complications.

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 Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols.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. Dr. Stephen Phillips is Wilton, CT comes very highly recommended. I highly recommend calling his office for advice.

I hope your daughter is doing well.

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