Just when I was finally getting over the last of Lyme herx, I suddenly get a bartonella infection.
This was dormant for years. I had no symptoms, and was seronegative. Then suddenly within a few days it became a very agressive infection, and this happened...
Rash on foot
Rash on neck
And it was antibiotic resistant. This happened while I was taking 1000 mg/day clarithromycin and 1000 mg/day amoxicillin.
It seems not to be resistant to minocycline, which I'm now taking. I got a herx for the first couple days on minocycline, then the rash went away and my fever went away. Unfortunately, the "cat scratches" did not go away.
Strangely, the bloody snot disappeared a few days before the rash started. I guess the bacteria move out of the red blood cells?
Even more surprisingly, the bloody snot started after I started taking valproate. Valproate only attacks the dormant bacteria. So it converted to a metabolically-active form that was resistant to the valproate. And it was resistant to the clarithromycin. And it was resistant to the amoxicillin. Then there was a 6-week incubation period, and... boom.
F bartonella. Sneaky little bugger evaded everything I threw at it. Except for minocycline, but I discovered that a little too late. If you use valproate to expose persisters, you'd better be prepared for what comes out.
Could also be a Babesia rash. ( the neck rash specifically)
The streaks are bart.
I’m not surprised amoxy and Biaxin didn’t work on your bart.
Usually Rifampin or Rifabutin with another antibiotic is needed (unless an infection is caused early) .
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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