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)