- Tick / Lyme advice
Worth going to the doc if you are showing symptoms, I had suspected lyme disease last summer after developing bullseye-ish rash around a bite, it wasn’t the perfect circle you often see but a bit of a melted circle. Course of antibios and no problems since. If you’ve removed it with your fingers you’ve likely squeezed his stomach contents into yourself, which is a Bad Thing.
Had a few more ticks this summer but no problems with them, just whipped out with a remover. Makes me chuckle when people post on here having found a tick thinking straight away they are going to get lyme disease, I must have had dozens and dozens over the years, little blighters.Posted 4 years ago
Do we have any tick and Lyme disease experts on here?
I found a tick 10 days ago whilst camping, I’ve no idea how long it had been there. Typically I’d left my tick remover at home but managed to remove it with my fingernails. Applied some savlon and the bite mark faded nicely. Just looked like a midge bite really.
Then a week later it formed a little puss filled pustule. This has now gone and a round bruise has been growing. Coincidentally I’ve also now got a stiff neck and shoulders and the leg with the bite is aching especially my knee. I’m probably just being a hypochondriac but am aware of Lyme disease and understandably concerned.
I hate bothering the doc if I don’t have to. Anyone with knowledge of tick bites here?Posted 4 years agoslowoldgitMember
A bit dated now, but why you should take it seriously…
Posted 4 years agoagentdagnamitMember
bigjim’s obviously been a bit lucky, “dozens” of deer tick bites could easily lead to Lymes. I found a few in me that had been there for over 2 days recently, so took a course of antibiotics, just in case.
I now have a proper tick remover and check for them after rides where I know they are common.Posted 4 years ago
a 3 week+ course of antibiotics.
I was given a 1 week course, which I understood to be the regular treatment at first detection.
bigjim’s obviously been a bit lucky,
I don’t know really, I think a lot of people who spend a lot of time tramping around heather or live in rural deery places get a lot of ticks with no problems. I get the impression lyme is becoming more widespread, but I don’t know if this is because it is better understood, or it might also be the disease is becoming more widespread and common. Growing up in the sticks I used to have ticks on a weekly basis and still get them frequently biking, walking and camping. Looking at the symptoms of the disease I can identify comparisons with several issues I’ve had in the past, but I was also living a very unhealthy lifestyle and the symptoms cover such an umbrella of symptoms I can’t separate them from the effects of too much partying and so on that I was doing at the same time. I certainly dont recall any of the initial symptoms like the rash and so on at any point, so don’t feel I should pursue it any further. I think the huge range of symptoms are part of the problem in getting it diagnosed.Posted 4 years agogeoffjSubscriber
Treat with an oral antibiotic for two weeks.
Perhaps I was a bit ambitious with 3 weeks
Or maybe notPosted 4 years agodirtygirlonabikeMember
Go to GP asap. I had 2 week course of antibiotics for this in May, utterly floored me 🙁 My bite had got infected (deep under the skin) which didn’t help matters and some part of the tick/insect/sting was in my legs for a good 3 months before it worked its way out 😥Posted 4 years agomatther01Member
You think thats bad…went to South Africa and found one attached to my nether regions while in the shower and near passed out on honeymoon…thought it was a bit of fluff and pulled it off…which then exploded with blood…much screaming!
The f***er also left its head in me too! Felt ill for days afterward until i got some strong antibiotics.
If that wasnt bad enough got tick bite fever from another type of tick the second time we went to stay with our friends.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for all the advice everyone. Didn’t manage to see the GP on Friday and was then away for a couple of nights.
Went to the out of hours clinic at the hospital today. The nurse practitioner and doctor there seemed to know almost nothing about Lyme disease – my reading the information I’d found and had been provided here meant that I was well prepared.
The nurse who I saw was convinced the symptoms were just due to a more generalised infection despite them matching Lyme disease – headache, sore muscles in the leg that was bitten, joint pain especially in that leg but also both hips, neck and shoulders, fatigue, trouble sleeping, night sweats etc.
Took bloods for testing and been prescribed 2 weeks worth of Doxycyline so hopefully if it is Lyme that will knock it on the head given it’s still early. If I hadn’t been so well read on it I suspect I’d have been sent home with a suggestion to see my GP if it didn’t clear up.Posted 4 years agodeadkennySubscriber
So, we get to see the photo? 😀
Have to say I’ve been bitten by god knows what a fair bit over the last year, more so than usual, and have on occasion had a bit of a rash but no idea if a tick is involved. Do seem to recall wiping off a black spec once and just assumed it was mud and then got a rash but hadn’t really related it. Just reading up on the symptoms and think I’ve got all of them now 😀 (seems to be you can just about have everything possible though).Posted 4 years ago
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