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demetri66 04-16-2012 07:25 PM

Tick bite 5 months later
 
Hi all,
Back in november i went deer hunting. I didnt get a deer, but i got a tick.
I pulled the whole thing out, and saw no head lodged in my skin. The bite is 3" below my right nipple. That first day and night i saw nothing out of the ordinary. It turned into a red spot about the size of a dime, started itching like crazy, and stood out prominently.
I went to see my GP, who prescribed a course doxy. Aside from tearing my insides up, nothing happened with the bite. Now here i am 5 months later, beach season is right around the corner and ive got this angry red thing on my chest. Ive tried doxyciclene, hydrocortisone ointment, clobatosol ointment, and other cremes, etc. Still no result. I have felt a little weak in the past few months, but nothing else that would make me think lyme disease. Those of you who have Lyme disease, what did your bite look like?
I went out into the woods several times since that bite, and pulled several ticks off. None of them affected me like this one. I work out regularly and i am proud of the results. I dont want this ugly, itchy thing on me. I hope somebody has an idea of what i can use. Is there anything holistic thats out there? Any help would be appreciated

jenj770 04-17-2012 04:04 AM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
I wouldn't assume that you don't have lyme. If you do, a short course of Doxy would not be effective. Read the post at the top of this board "lyme newbies". The longer you wait to treat, if you have LD, the more entrenched the infection will become. The "weakness" you describe is often a first symptom to appear. Anyone other than a lyme disease specialist will not know how to treat lyme! If you want a holistic approach to treatment the Salt/C protocol is very effective. You have to use Real Salt, not Morton's. You could research it.

All the best with this,

Jen

jojo 04-18-2012 08:23 AM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
[COLOR="Purple"]You may want to go back to your doctor and have him look to see if the head of that tick is still in you. That happened to me, I broke the head off..guy at ER dug it out...

A short course of doxy is not enough for treating Lyme or any co-infection. It would be wise to see a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. (LLMD) Sounds as though you have something going on and before it gets any worse see a specialist that can help. Regular Gp's treat with low dose antibiotics ...it is NOT enough.

Hope you feel better soon!

Jodie
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demetri66 04-18-2012 08:52 PM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
I went to the dermatologist today. He said its a persistant bite, that i most likely have some small pieces of the ticks barbs stuck in me and theyre causing the reaction. He gave the area a shot of steroids to help it heal and i go back in six weeks,for a follow up. Hope it works because the next step is cutting it out.

jenj770 04-19-2012 03:37 AM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
[QUOTE=demetri66;4964072]I went to the dermatologist today. He said its a persistant bite, that i most likely have some small pieces of the ticks barbs stuck in me and theyre causing the reaction. He gave the area a shot of steroids to help it heal and i go back in six weeks,for a follow up. Hope it works because the next step is cutting it out.[/QUOTE]

Eeek! Do not let them shoot you with any more steroids! Steroids are the worst thing for Lyme. You really need to see a proper lyme specialist to first determine whether or not you have the infection. No other type doctor will be able to help you if you have lyme. That you only feel weak is not an indication that you [I]don't[/I] have LD. Symptoms can show up in different ways with different people. btw: did the bite area have a ring around it? If so, this is called a bullseye rash and is a clear indication of Lyme Disease; however, this is also not necessary for the diagnosis as many people have no rash at all.


Jen

guido15241 04-21-2012 05:30 PM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
NO NO NO NO NO STEROIDS! They suppress your immune system and gives the Lyme bacteria a green light to party. Many of us found this out the hard way by blindly trusting idiot or egotistic doctors. Hey, someone had to graduate at the bottom of their Med School class.

Now I digress, what Jen said....

demetri66 04-21-2012 09:44 PM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
Uh oh now im scared. But the weakness was the only symptom. The doc felt the course of doxy was adequate since i didnt have a bullseye rash. My bite is somewhat better though its still itching like crazy. I have had a bnch of steroid shots over the last 2 years due to tendon injuries. I might go see my general practicioner and get tested.
Turkey season is coming soon and im going to be in the woods every weekend in May. I need a really good tick repellent to use while im there. Any suggestions?

guido15241 04-22-2012 07:50 AM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
Weakness is usually the first symptom in a long list that follows. I am not trying to scare you but you need to see an LLMD and get an expert opinion. Most family doctors blindly follow what they are taught in Med school unfortunately and are uninformed about this disease.

A blood test right now will probably come out negative because the steroid suppresses the immune system so your body is NOT producing antibodies to combat the Lyme. The blood work tests for the antibodies. Be a couple weeks steroid free and take a test through Igenex, the most reliable company for testing for Lyme.

Regarding your trip through the woods, permethrin is excellent to kill ticks. Spray it on your clothes the night before and let it dry.

FastUno 04-23-2012 11:32 PM

Re: Tick bite 5 months later
 
You better count your lucky days and start listening to these advices. Tiredness is definitely o e of the more earlier symptoms and can last for weeks, months or even years. It will get worst and you can end up with dozens of symptoms.

Do a quick research on Banderol and Samento, which are herbs that are said to be as good as Doxycycline. Also look into GSE.

You better start reading up on this disease as if your life depended on it, because it DOES! Trust me you do not want it full blown and have to deal with this pure HELL.


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