I have them - the red lines that look like little comets, or actual scratch marks .. They are not the "stretch mark" type patterns, but more like red arches and streaks ..
The marks coincide with upheavals in symptoms, and have come out during treatment with herbs, and when taking doxy and also rifampin ... The red marks seem much more likely to appear when my blood gets circulating - for example, I had not had any marks for weeks and weeks, and on Thursday, I went for a vigorous 2 mile walk ( first time since last summer ) .. within 24 hours, I had them on my arms and across my chest ..
I have asked this question to 3 different LLMDs that I have seen : one said the red lines are as specific to bartonella as a bull's eye is to lyme ... Another said NO, the red lines are NOT unique to bartonella ... and the other said that it is probably a sign of some sort of vasculitis, so any organism that lives in the blood vessels could trigger the marks ..
Maybe it is pointless to ask ??
Because if I am getting them, it is a sign that whatever I am doing being effective, right ??
In the past, I have stopped because the symptoms got really bad, and the docs would always say OK STOP EVERYTHING ...
But does anyone have any theories on the red lines, or has your doc given any clues to what, other than bartonella, could cause them ??
Post Edited (Tommy08) : 5/21/2016 3:27:46 PM (GMT-6)