Hi naturebabe. I am sorry about your dad's tick bite. Please let him know the only proper way to remove the tick is with tweezers. Improper removal increases the risk of infection.
It is good you know that the tick can be tested. I suggest calling IgeneX at 800-832-3200 and see if they can test the part of the tick you have. There may be enough to test its DNA.
From what I understand, the recommended dose of Doxy for Lyme is 300-600 mg daily with 400 mg often given. I believe the recommended minimum treatment time for an infection caught within two weeks of the bite is six weeks of the proper dose antibiotic.
I hope the tick was not infected, but it is good that you know what to do.
Thanks Ticker! I told him to take 600 mg's. I don't want him messing around. LOL. I also told him to take cat's claw (samento), but he's afraid it will interract with the abx? Can he take samento a few hours away from the abx, or will it react? (also, how many drops do you think he should take/how many times a day would you think, etc for a NEW infection?).
Yes, he has some remnants of the tick which we will take to Dr. C in NY on Monday. I never have the time to ask the questions I need to (like 10 q's or so) during the apointment....I feel aggravated like not enough time with all the CASH out of pocket I'm paying. I'm so aggravated at the whole system at times. Doc's are overloaded, we're overloaded, etc.
Thank you so much for your input I really appreciate it!