Is a bulls-eye rash always considered Lyme?

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   Posted 1/14/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I know many people get the rash and some don't.
But if you did have one, does that mean you definitely have Lyme?

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   Posted 1/14/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
No, apparently a bull's eye rash can occur for other insect bites and other infections. It's the way the body fights many invaders. But the location of it can be telling.

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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
There are other rashes that can look like a bulls eye such as granuloma annulare and ring worm can sometimes have this appearance. There are obvious differences. Was your rash associated with a tick bite that you're aware of? The Erythema Migrans rash is considered diagnostic for lyme disease. Google for pics of the EM rash, there's lots of pictures out there. Do you still have it?

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   Posted 1/14/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
If Lyme is suspected it should be diagnosed along with other early stage symptoms to back up the rash such as flu and body ach. You can also choose to treat with 3 weeks of Doxy just to be safe without any other symptoms and just the bulls-eye rash but this is at the Dr's discretion. Lyme is a very nasty disease and you don't have much to loose by doing 3 weeks of Doxy to be on the safe side. If you can convince your Dr that you may have Lyme and to give you 3 weeks of Doxy then I would do it. Remember there are many other bites and conditions that can cause a bulls eye rash so it's all about probability.

Post Edited (SickInCT) : 1/14/2009 8:31:35 PM (GMT-7)

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