Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/13/2009 10:13:44 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/13/2009 5:28:46 PM (GMT-6)
Hi lovemuffin, welcome to the board!
Although only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash, a bulls-eye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease. To me your rash looks like a bulls-eye. It is good you took photos of it. Take more if it changes. You may want to place something near it, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size defiition. The rash can appear anywhere on the body, not only where you are bitten and it can also appear anytime in an infection.
Here are a few sites where you can see photos of some Lyme rashes:
When Lyme disease is a possibility, it is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. Lyme needs continuous, aggressive treatment. It is my understanding that the ELISA or titer test is the least reliable and the one most doctors run first.
Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected. 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 need a doctor recommendation, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2008 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the books "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton, MD and "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.
Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/13/2009 9:14:28 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/14/2009 4:04:40 PM (GMT-6)
Hi lovemuffin. I cannot believe the doctor told you ticks are not common in NY. New York has the highest number of Lyme cases in the United States.
Remember only about half of the people who have Lyme ever get a rash. If you get the rash and recognize it you are very lucky because you can treat the infection early. Lyme rashes can appear at any time in an infection, anywhere on the body, they can be any size, and they can disappear quickly or remain for some time.
People here give information to new members that they wish they would have had early in the infection. Once the disease becomes disseminated, it is much more difficult to treat.
Regarding treatment, 200 mg of Doxy daily is not strong enough for Lyme. The recommended dose for Lyme is 300-600 mg daily with 400 mg daily often prescribed. Ten days of treatment is not long enough. From what I understand, six weeks is the minimum treatment time for an infection diagnosed within two weeks of the bite. 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, futher treatment is warranted. A longer infection needs longer treatment.
There are some important tips to know about taking Doxy. Do not have any dairy, iron, or magnesium products within two hours of taking the Doxy or it will not be absorbed properly. If it makes you nauseous, eat something substantial and non-dairy before taking it. Avoid the sun. You can get a severe burn in minutes even when wearing sunscreen. Do not lay down for at least an hour after taking it or you can ulcerate your esophagus. This is very painful. Drink a full glass of water when you take it for the same reason. Whenever you take antibiotics, it is important to take high-quality acidophilus capsules. They replace the good bacteria and help prevent yeast overgrowth. The best ones to get are refrigerated and have a high-culture count. Most health food stores have them.
Good luck with your treatment!
Post Edited (ticker) : 8/14/2009 3:45:48 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/15/2009 12:33:33 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/15/2009 2:40:47 AM (GMT-6)
Hi lovemuffin. There is a lot of misinformation about treating tick-borne diseases. A one-time dose of Doxy will not eradicate a Lyme disease infection. Often when people are undertreated they are symptom free for some time, but the infection has not been eradicated. When their symptoms get worse later on, the infection has been present for some time and it is much harder to treat.
Again, I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2008 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. He discusses antibiotics and dosages starting on page 18. He discusses treatment length for early localized disease on page 19.