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Old 09-18-2008, 03:58 AM   #1
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Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

had a raised itchy bump on my leg on tuesday, scratched it and i woke up on wednesday with bruise around it (could it just be from me scratching?). scabbed center. it's sore thursday am and still bruised. it's on my upper thigh which feels a bit stiff.

does this sound like a tick bite or spider? scared and going to the dr just to rule out lyme this afternoon.

would appreciate some info on your own experience with rash.

 
Old 09-18-2008, 04:09 AM   #2
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Mine never bruised. It just got bigger by the day and very red. By the time 5 days went by it felt like it was crawly with the itching and it felt like the muscle was affected.

I had this last year. 5 days after the itch started I had a rash starting in my left arm pit too. I got my rash on my back, by the heart. It grew to 9'' inches across.

Do you have a digital camera? take a picture and put a coin by the rash when you take the picture, or a small ruler.

Mine grew really fast, every day it was bigger. But I didn't get a bruise at all. Just beet red.

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

yea, mine is definitely a bruised ring and not a red one. hasn't grown since yesterday. my thigh is stiff though as of this am when i woke up which could just be from the bruise.

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Keep a close watch of the area, like I said, get a picture, then also take another picture if any changes occur.

Take your temperature a few times a day, do a search on how to do this properly.

Watch for any other significant changes in your body too.

Flu like symptoms, body aches, etc....look up the signs, some people present differently.

It's possible that something else bit you. But keep a close eye on it.
Diana

P.S. let us know what the doctor says, and what the test says.

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Old 09-18-2008, 07:43 AM   #5
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

will do drs.
Thanks.

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Hi manchak99.

I've had 3 different rashes.

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Rash #1.

About 5 years ago, never having been sick a day in my life (of course!), I discovered a rash on my right shin.

It was oval, reddish and was raised bumps. It itched like mad!! Drove me crazy with scratching. Once, I sat on the edge of my tub, scratched the heck out it then poured alcohol on it. It burned and I had scratched the heads off the bumps, but it didn't go away.

The bumps didn't bleed when I scratched them, they kind of oozed. They would form scabby heads which dried up and fell off or I scratched them off.

I tried every rash and itch cream known to mankind and saw a dermatologist. It still didn't go away.

I used to wear pants at work instead of a skirt so I could scratch it under the conference table during meetings.

It went away on its own after a year or two. I don't know why. I guess I chalked it up to being a severe case of poison ivy, poison oak, poison something. Even after it went away, you could see it's shadow on my skin - like it was still there but dormant.

So I went along with my life.

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Rash #2

But then I completely lost my sense of balance, my hair fell out, I gained 100 lbs in 5 months, the bottom of my face went numb, my short term memory went out the window, I began to suffer from fatigue and major vision problems.

9 doctors and thousands of dollars later I found no answer for what was happening to me.

In January of 2005 I saw an LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor) and tested CDC positive for Lyme. I began treatment. The first 2 years of my treatment I think I got worse instead of better.

I tested negative for Bartonella (a co-infection of Lyme) but my LLMD treated me with Levaquin on a hunch.

Thank God she did because I broke out in Bartonella rashes over a period of a year or two as the Levaquin killed the Bartonella. My Bartonella spots looked like bruises, more brown than purple, and some looked like scratch marks. A few months ago they stopped appearing. I got them on my arms and legs.

They were round and a bit startling. No fun to wake up and find a group of brownish spots on your body! Yikes!

During this time, my itchy rash came and went many many times. Probably due to Herx'ing.

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Rash #3

While on the Levaquin, I found another rash. This one was just above my left heel, and it was a bulls-eye. It was weird to see it. I had been treating Lyme for a long time by the time this rash popped up and it saddened me to see it.

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Sorry this was so long - I hope I didn't scare you or give too much information. I just wanted to share my experience.

Other than a dermatologist who literally laughed at me for going to see her about that initial itchy rash, I didn't take action till the stupid bacteria got into my nervous system and reaked havoc.

I encourage you to search out an answer.

Good luck to you and keep us posted.

Peace and health to you,
Mickie

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Ok...update:
went to drs on friday. he looked at it and said it was a spider bite-especially because of the bruised area around it.
he also said he's very quick to treat lyme if he has any inkling it may be lyme and would have given me doxy if he thought it was lyme but said to come back in 6 weeks for blood work for the antibiodies and go from there.

i feel confident in his decision.

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Glad you went to the doctor, I hope you continue to get well.

Diana

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

I believe there are only two types of spiders in the US that bite...are you in an area with brown recluse and/or black widows? If not, I doubt that it is a spider bite...but it may be some bug.

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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Bethsheba, the wolf spider and the family of the wolf's can bite, I know I have a lot of nursery spiders here, they love to live in our raspberry patch and have now migrated to around our house, they can bite too. I think with all the shipping we do overseas that some bugs are making their way into the US that we didn't have here before.

 
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Re: Please answer-for those of you fortunate enough to see a rash.

Thanks, drs! I based my info on a program by a spider specialist on public radio...but most likely I didn't listen to the entire program!!

Doing a quick search I learned that brown recluse and black widow are dangerous bites...but some other spiders have nasty bites with wounds that look similar to the brown recluse and these include the running spider, jumping spider, wolf spider, tarantula, sac spider, orbweaver spider and the northwestern brown spider, also known as the hobo spider.

What I found interesting, too, is that a bite from these kinds of spiders looks like a target or a bull's eye!

But again, drs, thank you for the clarification/correction. And yes, I have long suspected that some of these things come in with the foods we "import". I remember seeing a spider outside my house that looked like an orange and black tarantula...now that I think of it I must id it....and I have never ever seen anything like it since.

Take care!

Bethsheba

PS The arachnid specialist did say that one reason that most spiders don't bite is that their "fangs" (I forget the biological name for these) pointed into their mouths preventing prey from leaving their mouths when being eaten, but also making it difficult for spiders to "bite" humans. At any rate, I think the little creatures have gotten a bad rap and I try to protect them as much as possible.

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