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Old 07-23-2006, 09:55 AM   #1
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Itchy and Painful Bullseye Rash??

Hi All,

Have any of you ever had an itchy and painful bullseye rash? When I first went to the doctor, they said it [I]looked like[I] a bullseye rash, but they couldn't be 100% sure. Regardless, they advised me to take an antibiotic. The next day, it became extremely hot to the touch and doubled in size, but definitely looked more like a bullseye. I keep asking if it could be cellulitis. Well, they didn't like the way it looked yesterday, saying it could be an infection or allergic reaction [I]in addition to[I] the tick bite, so they added a second antibitic. It seems to feel a bit better today, but sheesh, what a mess. Anyway, I was just wondering if it's possible to have a bullseye that is both itchy and painful.

Thanks so much,

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Old 07-23-2006, 11:52 AM   #2
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Re: Itchy and Painful Bullseye Rash??


In high school I had such a rash. Yes, it was Lyme disease.

Old 07-23-2006, 06:01 PM   #3
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Yes, it is possible. Very often the bullseye rash is itchy and painful. I think you should take pictures of that rash every day and keep a journal of how it changes, what size it is and what it feels like. Put a coin or something next to it when you take the photo so that you have a visual comparison of size.

What antibiotics are you taking? What is the dose and for how long?

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I had a bullseye rash about 5 wks ago. It was warm to the touch, red, itchy, and bothersome. It is still a faint mark. It lasted a good 4 wks. Was 4" X 2". I agree that you need to document it. I took pictures every few days. That a Dr saw it is a plus. I hope you respond quickly to treatment.

Old 07-24-2006, 11:39 AM   #5
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Re: Itchy and Painful Bullseye Rash??

Thanks all for your replies.

Sleeper -- I'm taking 21 days of doxycycline (100 mg/2x a day) and then they added ceftin (250 mg/2x a day) because they were worried about a secondary infection. I'm allergic to penicillin, cipro, and their derivatives, so I'm slightly limited as to what I can take.

Pearl -- I have taken some pictures of the rash, though I did not think to put anothe object next to it for comparison -- good idea. Unfortunately, the rash is in a difficult place -- it's on the inner thigh, right near the lower part of your bikini line, I guess you would call it. Pretty, huh?

The rash is MUCH better than it was on Saturday -- I think getting the ceftin must have really helped. However, I have this headache, almost migraine-like that I can't get rid of. I've been taking half a vicodin 2x a day for two days. I do occasionally get migraines, but not usually this long. Maybe from the antibiotics? How do you know?...I think I'll post that as a new question.

Thanks again for all your help.

Be well,

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Re: Itchy and Painful Bullseye Rash??

Yes, I have had a rash so itchy it drove me nuts.

Then, since starting the medicine, I got two of them - I can't scratch enough!

They are also sore - especially the one with a faint bulls eye. It hurts and itches at the same time.

Glad to hear you feel a bit better.

Peace and health to you.

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