It's actually something I see a lot in a lot of places - and yet we shouldn't wait. Why? Let's use a less important situation to understand this. If someone had a splinter - would a person leave it in and wait for it to fester and cause a major infection situation before ever pulling the splinter out? Or would it be better to pull the splinter and not wait and see if it will cause a major infection? I think we all know the answer to that one.
All ticks/mosquitoes and other bugs do not pass on these infections, but enough do and enough doctors don't know what they are looking at for Lyme to become a major health issue in many, many countries now. This should be raising alarms - a lot more than have been raised.
So, since both ILADS and the IDSA have stated that the EM is diagnostic of having contracted Lyme, why would we wait?? This is like pulling the splinter out! Catching a Lyme infection in the earliest of stages is the ONLY way to have a chance of eliminating the infection from the body - the rest of us may have to be content to only be in remission with an understanding that if we aren't very careful (and sometimes even when we are) we may relapse at any point in time.
My husband and I are good examples of this. We have been together for going on 18 years now. He's been by my side in many aspects - but I was the one that was always getting more bug bites. He did end up getting Lyme disease though, and I set out to make sure that he got the treatment needed - one way or another. We were really lucky that his doctor listened to me. I walked in to that appointment armed with 14 or so studies and reports about
what a Lyme infection was and the proper treatments. She never wanted to see a single one of them, she listened closely to what I had to say and found a way to get him the treatment I was saying (and prepared to show) was needed. Guess what? Three years later, and one knee replacement surgery and a neck fusion surgery (3 vertebrae were fused) later, and he's still not showing any symptoms of Lyme again. He healed because he got early and proper treatments.
The EM rash is the first sign of an infection for many people. We should NOT ignore this or promote ignoring this - especially if the IDSA and ILADS can agree on this!!
Girlie posted the link to the IDSA statement, which says:
"EM RASH IS DIAGNOSTIC FOR BORRELIA INFECTION
“Erythema migrans is the only manifestation of Lyme disease in the United States that is
sufficiently distinctive to allow clinical diagnosis in the absence of laboratory confirmation.”
Clin Infect Dis 2006; 43:1101 (2006 IDSA Guidelines)"
And here is the ILADS statement: /goo.gl/HRiUqH
Erythema migrans (EM) is diagnostic of Bb infection, but is present in fewer than half. Even if present, it may go unnoticed by the patient. It is an erythematous, centrifugally expanding lesion that is raised and warm. Sometimes there is mild stinging or pruritus. The EM rash will begin four days to several weeks after the bite, and may be associated with constitutional symptoms. Multiple lesions are present less than 10% of the time, but do represent disseminated disease. Some lesions have an atypical appearance and skin biopsy specimens may be helpful. When an ulcerated or vesicular center is seen, this may represent a mixed infection, involving other organisms besides B. burgdorferi.
After a tick bite, serologic tests (ELISA. IFA, western blots, etc.) are not expected to become positive until several weeks have passed. Therefore, if EM is present, treatment must begin immediately, and one should not wait for results of Borrelia tests. You should not miss the chance to treat early disease, for this is when the success rate is the highest. Indeed, many knowledgeable clinicians will not even order a Borrelia test in this circumstance."
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Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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