Doxycycline for tick bites

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The risk of developing Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick is only about 1% to 3%. On top of that, it takes at least 24 to 48 hours for the tick to transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. " The tick was on me for maybe 1 hr or may be max 4 hrs. before I noticed it and removed it completely.Would the bacteria transmitted into my body.Is the bulls eye sure shot confirmation of LYME Disease ? Thanks.
Thanks, I will google insect bites. I do not know what an earwig looks like. I did have three pest control companies come out and assess, found nothing. I do know they are entering from outside because I saw small black bugs in my washing machine. I bought a new washing machine and have not seen any in there yet. I am totally worn out from whatever this is. Thanks for your post.
the next day who said it looked like I had a bullseye ring at the site of the bite and put me on doxycycline for 21 days. One week from the removal of the tick, I discovered a lump in my neck below the tick bite which is on the back left side of my scalp. The next day, I got a fever and the lump and surrounding area was sore. I saw another Dr. about the sudden fever and feeling of being unwell and he said it may be a virus or it may be a reaction to the doxycycline.
CONCLUSIONS: In patients with previously untreated chronic Lyme borreliosis with symptoms suggesting central nervous system involvement but without overt clinical signs of it, and without pleocytosis in the cerebrospinal fluid, treatment with doxycycline is as effective as with ceftriaxone. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.
I was just diagnosed with lyme disease and will be taking Doxycycline for 30 days. Can anyone tell me if I must avoid dairy entirely or just avoid it a couple of hours before and after taking this antibiotics? Thanks.
I took doxyxiciline for 15 days 1 week after the bites, I don't know if that's what made me feel drowsy. I still have the spots of the bites itching a lot and they look awful. I thought doxycycline would have solved the tick problem (whatever it could be), but... now I found ONE MORE TICK, attached to my neck (strange, as I've been searching it and didn't find ticks ther before, maybe it was somewhere else, like in my hair and it moved to my neck? Is this possible?
I felt like I had bugs all through my vains so I called the doctor on call he said I had scabies and gave me permethrine cream and a steroid the spots got a little better until the medicine was gone then it got worse so I went to local emergency med group they treated me for tick bites w/ antibiotic, no result. I siked myself up that I was imagining thoings in hopes that I would feel better needless to say I didnt.
I felt like I had bugs all through my vains so I called the doctor on call he said I had scabies and gave me permethrine cream and a steroid the spots got a little better until the medicine was gone then it got worse so I went to local emergency med group they treated me for tick bites w/ antibiotic, no result. I siked myself up that I was imagining thoings in hopes that I would feel better needless to say I didnt.
I never had a positive test, even from Igenex. Ever. But I was started on tx due to my exposure to ticks and some tick bites. Many people never know of a tick bite, esp. if it's from a nymphal tick. I was given a spinal tap along the way (to prove that I had Lyme so my insurance would pay for IV) I was 'lucky' because it was positive. A PCR of spinal fluid and blood have about a 50-50 chance of being neg or pos. A positive is a positive! Period.
I'll finish the doxy in two more days, but the sites of the four bites are still itching! It comes and goes, and they are still raised and purplish-red. I could go on about other symptoms (fatigue and a brief spell of sore lymph nodes in my neck, among others), but I could also attribute that to possible cold/allergy, or side-effects of the doxy...(?). I don't have health insurance, so I can't just run to the doctor with each concern.
Couple days later felt drained, body aches, muscle pain similar to flu so I went back to doctors who suggested I get tested for lyme and to fake 200mg of doxycycline for week unless test comes back positive and will prescribe another week. My concern is bit of the tick still inside me and I'm worried it could still be releasing toxins into the blood. It's so deep I can't get to it. Should I see about getting this removed?
I was wondering if anyone else has found this as being a symptom of lyme or another tick borne disease? I was tested negative for lymes on a standard western blot but had one reactive 41 igg band. I've ordered the test kit from IGeneX should I pursue this any further or does this not sound like a tick borne disease? Thank you so much for helping :).
Rather than worry about whether it might be Lyme-carrying tick, I would *today* got see a doc -- if not your regular doc, then an urgent care kind of place, and get a prescription from the doc for a course of doxycycline. That is the first line of treatment for a suspected Lyme tick bite. If you wait to see if the bite turns into Lyme, a simple course of doxy won't do the trick. The risks of Lyme vs the risks of a short course of doxy: not even a question in my mind.
You know the lone star tick carries the other type of borrelia that there isn't a test for, Borrelia lonestari. They call this STARI, southern tick-associated rash illness. My LLMD said that a lot people won't test positive on the lyme tests if they are infected w/this. Here is some info on ehrlichia (a rikettsial bacteria, same class as RMSF). It says it is also carried by the lonestar tick.
There can be many manifestations after a tick bite including sudden bouts of arthritis. People should let their doctors know about exposure for sure. I had heard of doxycycline being used as the drug of choice for lyme's disease. I had not heard of tetracyline being recommended for Lyme's disease by the CDC. The other point you bring up besides the importance of following up on exposure to tick bites is the fact that some dysautonomias can effectively be treated by attacking the cause.
If you were traveling outside of the country and you were taking a medicine called doxycycline for malaria prophylaxis, you would also gain benefit from decreasing the chances of acquiring a tick-borne illness. 4. If you do find a tick attached to you, be careful when you remove the tick. Do not allow the tick's head to remain attached or embedded in your skin.
I was worried because he had several mesquito bites from late evening practice and I wanted to rule out West Nile. MD tested for Lyme and West Nile but both were negative. CBC showed slight WBC elevation with a left shift that possibly indicated a bacterial infection. RBC and H/H down so it was decided that my child was anemic and should be put on Iron supplements. Took my child back to the doctor at the end of the week and still no known cause of illness.
most ticks in the UK are not infected by the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Therefore, most tick bites will not cause Lyme disease. After a human has been bitten by a tick, it usually takes 24-48 hours for the bacteria in the tick to pass into the human." Wishful thinking. Many of us never see the tick or know when it attached. Medical diagnosis by fiat is not a good route.
B, in the Appendix of his 2008 Guidelines gives his Rationale for Treating Tick Bites which is a sort of watered down version of the IDSA's version. A bit 'toothless'. According to guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), people bitten by deer ticks should not routinely receive antibiotics to prevent the disease.
Oral therapy for 28 days. EARLY LOCALIZED - rash 3) Children: oral therapy for 6+ weeks. A Lyme support group that is very helpful to newbies with questions is the flash discussion group at You can post your query on the medical questions forum. Make your title very descriptive, so that people with experience with pediatric lyme will read it and answer.
probably unrelated to my tick bites), except for the tingling. - I have had a pain in the lower right-hand side of my back for several weeks. A friend mentioned that this would seem like sciatica. As I understand sciatica, this might explain tingling in my legs, but probably not my arms. I'm asking you as sort of a second opinion.
My best guess is that the bites probably happened about 2 weeks ago, we discovered the rashes and the one tick on 5/23.Thanks!
There are several of us on here who have a similar eye complaint: seeing a bright flash, like the afterimage of a flash bulb, when we blink, and sometimes, on upgaze. This is transient symptom for most of us, lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. When the "spot" in our visual field passes over a dark background, the spot appears light. When the spot passes over a light background, it appears dark.
She also tested positive for this last year and she had a complete blood work up done which came back fine. However, she was put on Doxycycline for I believe 4 weeks or so. She didn't exhibit any signs of disease last year or this year. My question is. Could this year's test have come back positive because she still has traces in her system from last year? If she isn't showing any symptoms of the disease does she need to be treated?
It doesn't have to be Lyme, but I know the symptoms are similar. Any tick bites? Where do you live (not that it matters much). I tested negative for Lyme by three conventional labs. I had to have my bloodwork sent to a specialty lab and I was clearly positive - after 3 years of searching for a diagnosis. Come on over to the Lyme forum if you like! FYI - general MDs usually discount Lyme too quickly, so do your own research.
So, I saw my neurologist for the third time last week, following my second MRI, and he said that my MRI results were of no concern, and that the pineal cyst was "stable" (meaning it hadn't grown). He was very concerned about my hospital visit, however, which made me pleased (since I wasn't planning on talking about it much since I didn't think he would care if he couldn't explain what happened).
I never stopped the doxys although the second doctor told me to stop because I had doubts about the syphilis test result, but I never mentioned the tick to her. I have slight heartburn and weakness and slight muscle tremors. I've had doxy for 5 days now and I started the azithromycin last night as well. I've also had the ceftriaxone shot and two consecutive days of penicillin shots after that. Do you think I'm infected ? Thank you for taking the time to read my question.
He also remembered that many of his hunting friends had experienced flea and tick bites and is quite sure he was bitten as well. The physical exam is essentially normal except some joint tenderness of left knee and right shoulder. After making your diagnosis you gave him a prescription for erythromycin. QUESTIONS 1-What is the most likely diagnosis? 2-What is the biochemical mechanism of action of erythromycin?
I was tested for both acute and chronic Lyme disease which both came back negative, and a biopsy showed that the bites were mosquito bites rather than a rash or tick bites. The collapses began with dizziness, similar to when one stands up too quickly, followed by about 10 seconds unconsciousness, 2 to 3 seconds of confusion then a return to normal, with a little shakiness.
Amoxycillin is not the first choice of antibiotic for adults, although it may be given to children for Lyme. Doxycycline is usually prescribed for adults, at double the normal dosage, for four to eight weeks. You will need to do alot of reading about this to educate yourself about tick borne disease. If a person gets Lyme, there is a good chance that the tick may have also passed other diseases also, such as Babesia, Erlichia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma.