Hi JFlungo - welcome!
So, this happened three days ago?
I suggest you go to another Dr. and get another prescript
ion for Doxy. You should be taking 200 mg twice daily. How many weeks of doxy did you get? You want to nip this NOW....to minimize your chances of a chronic lyme infection.
You will want to take the 200 mg twice daily doxy for several weeks.
Looks like you are developing an EM (bullseye rash) - which warrants 6 weeks of abx.
I have pasted a link to the Lyme treatment guidelines (ILADS) below - scroll down to page 19:
"EARLY LOCALIZED - Single erythema migrans with no constitutional symptoms:
1) Adults: oral therapy- must continue until symptom and sign free for at least one month,
with a 6 week minimum."www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf
Page 18 in the guidelines will show the doxy dosage (200 mg twice daily)
You can print the information off and bring it to your Dr.
Find another Dr. if your Dr. won't give you enough doxy.
I have several LLMD"s listed for MA. Send me an email if you want the contact information.
When you call them, explain you just got bitten and have the rash...and need to see the Dr. a.s.a.p.
You don't want to have an appointment several weeks out. Hopefully you can find a LLMD that will take you in right away.
Take the doxy with food. (But not foods with calcium and magnesium - so no dairy)
Good luck, and keep us posted.
Moderator, Lyme Forum
Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi