Chesapeake Bay area; my mother and I stepped into a tick nest, We had ticks crawling all over us. I don't know if either of us got infected or had a rash.
At a Greensboro rest stop dog-walking area off of I-40--the same (just me), and I got a spotted rash. This time I went to a dermatologist, bc I was worried about
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and he said that I had stepped into a nest of "nymphs," or baby ticks, and that the type of rash I had was completely normal.
In Chatham County, NC, I got a small, but noticeable rash around a tick bite. I thought about
going to the doctor, but blew it off.
It was in Chatham County that I was dxed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which then seemed to go into remission.
Somewhere in Kansas, also at a rest stop, a number of mosquitoes bit me all around the ankles, and I had another bad spotted rash. I still don't know what that was. I remember at the time thinking it was very strange, and that I must be having some type of allergic reaction (?)
Years later, I was trying and trying to figure out what was wrong with me, and got in touch with the organization Tic-NC. Then I found out coincidentally (through the organization) that my next-door neighbor from Chatham County had gotten Lyme Disease in the same neighborhood, even though by that time, we were living three hours apart, and had not seen each other for years.
Here, in the Appalachians of NC, I received a bull's-eye rash that took over a third of my back (but THIS time, I took pics, so my doctors would believe me--and my face is in the pics)!
I have a history of a lot of tick bites. I wonder why some people get bitten, and others don't, and why some people keep getting infected, while others don't. I've never figured that out.
I'm not sure about
the mosquitoes. I think I'm too scared to believe that they carry anything other than, umm, West Nile Virus.
I now take pictures of all the rashes my dogs and I get from insect bites.
HELLO!! :) :)
Margaret, 53, Lyme, relapsing remitting c. diff., complete thyroidectomy, remote breast cancer, Interstitial Cystitis, Babs, Bart, Fibromylagia, Immuneglobulin Deficiency, depression, asthma and allergies, migraines, myoclonous and remote seizures, orthostatic hypotension and dysautonomia
Medication, herbs, vitamins, probiotics.
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