Lyme Disease Info

Lyme Disease Info, Watch for ticks

Re posted by permission
CaptJJ
Fishing Guide Diamond Point, NY

It’s a good idea for everyone that spends time outdoors to keep an eye out for ticks during the warm weather seasons. Lyme disease can be very disabling if left untreated, I know as I had it about 10 years ago for 2 years. I had to fight with a couple different doctors about what I had, finally found a good doctor, but even he admitted I knew more about the disease than he did. My symptoms returned about three weeks ago, which often happens if you don’t get treatment with antibiotics soon after exposure; have an appointment with my specialist this week.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by a couple species of ticks. Not all ticks can carry the disease, black-legged ticks are one of the main carriers, especially in the northeast where I live:

larger dog ticks do not carry LD:

One of the first symptoms to appear is the bullseye rash that forms at the site you are bitten, not everyone that gets the disease ends up with this but if you do be sure to see your doctor immediately. I was bitten on my upper back, had the rash, but didn’t think anything of it.

Mine looked like this:

This rash went away, then reappeared all over my upper body. I didn’t think much of it, it also went away. A month later i came down with what seemed like a really bad flu. This time I went to a doctor, but was told Lyme disease wasn’t in our area; I later found out this was untrue.

Others have the classic bullseye:

It is probably a good idea to see you doctor if you find an embedded tick on you, especially if you live in an area where the disease is known to be present. You can also save the tick and have it tested. Some doctors will prescibe antibiotics as a preventative. I want to add that there is no test that can rule out Lyme disease; a positive test result will verify that you have Lyme disease, but a negative should not be used to rule it out, especially if you are showing the symptoms which can vary greatly from person to person. I still haven’t tested positive, was retested last week; but I have shown the classic Lyme symptoms and they haven’t found anything else wrong with me.

Lyme disease risk area:

There is still a lot that is not known about Lyme disease, but they have learned a lot since I was first infected. There is a great deal of info on the web. Feel free to ask any questions, and like I said don’t be afraid to see your doctor; the disease is easily treated with antibiotics if caught early, but can be difficult if left untreated.

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