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What is the name of the bacterium that causes lyme disease how is lyme disease transmitted?

A: lyme disease is caused by a group of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. It is transmitted by ticks (deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in North America, and sheep ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in Europe)....


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What is lyme disease and how can it be found in your system?

A: lyme disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. Infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Most cases of lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, landscaping, and...


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how long does it take a tick infected with lyme disease to transmit the disease?

A: not long just the bite can be enough Depends on the species of tick. The deer tick can transmit within 24 hrs. If you find an engorged deer tick on you you are in trouble! Lone Star ticks which are common in the Southeastern states and moving on up north can transmit lyme & several types of Erhlichia in less than 2 hours. Those guys do not engorge either. They just quickly clamp on and start feasting. People have saved themselves from lyme by removing the tick correctly and cleaning the bite area immediately with lots of alcohol and then Neosporin on it for several days. as long as it takes the tick to bite you. The Yellow Belly Tick...yea, I know all about it. It can bite and you can start feeling aches and pain within 48 hours

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lyme disease and bruising

A: Hi, Karen.... It COULD be lyme disease or it could be one of the co-infections.  lyme disease can cause platelet problems which would result in bruising and so can some of the other micro-organisms that can be transmitted along with lyme. Here"s an example of what Erhlichiosis can do (I copied and pasted it from another site. It mentions decreased platelet cound under signs and tests): Erhlichiosis is an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of a tick. Causes, incidence, and r
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I was bitten by a tick. Am I going to get lyme disease?

A: i don''t think that everyone who has ever been bitten by a tick has gotten lymes You might. What part of the country are you in? Yep, you''re dead. If you are worried, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. I know that there is a certain way to get a tick out of your skin to lessen your chances of getting infected. You should ensure that you did it properly. You may also want to search the web for symptoms of lyme disease and be on the lookout for these symptoms just in case. My younger cousin had lyme disease many years ago when it first surfaced. He almost died. It''s a serious thing, so please don''t take it lightly. ok, here

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how likely is a person bit by a tick to get lyme disease?

A: Hi, Rusell.... You are wise to question lyme disease after the experiences you just described. The length of time a tick is on you doesn"t have any bearing on whether it transmits lyme disease or not.  In a clinical (laboratory) setting, the transmission time is supposedly 36 hours, however, that doesn"t take into account human activity.  This includes sitting, restrictive clothing, sleeping, etc.  All of these activities cause the tick to inject the cesspool of bacteria and parasites into your bloodstream. The fact that...
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lyme Disease - Its Cyclical Nature & Severe Daily Headaches

A: Hi, Molly... Yes, it does sound like lyme and it would have been very comforting for you to have positive test results, but the tests for lyme are notorious for yielding false negatives. Your thoughts and instincts about lyme are most likely correct. Also, you did not say if the lyme dr. tested you for any co-infections which are other organisms that are transmitted at the time of the bite. They can share many of lyme"s same symptoms BUT they do not all respond to the same antibiotics. Here is a list of reasons for lyme testing yielding false negative results: ...
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lyme disease in toddlers

A: Hi, Bonnie... I"ll follow this up with a symptoms list. The symptoms are many and your child certainly is not old enough to verbalize them so it"s hard to tell what he/she may be going through. The long range symptms of untreated lyme disease are serious. They can be severe mental problems, neurological problems, heart problems or all of those. Not treating it is not an option. The longer it is left untreated, the more severe the symptoms become and the more difficult it is to treat. Besides lyme, there are co-infections that can be transmitted. These can have...
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how do you visually detect if a tick bite has caused lyme disease infection?

A: The real Dx is not made visually. Go to a licensed provider. You can''t always visually detect it. I''ve had both lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (I like the outdoors and we live in the woods). When I had lyme disease, there was a red bulls eye mark around the bite. however, I have known people to get the disease without the rash, so you can''t always be sure. Two major symptoms I had with both diseases were headaches and fatigue. If you even suspect you may have it, go to the doctor and get it tested. Do not wait around...things...


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lyme disease-YOU'LL BE JUST FINE!

A: Dear Jo, Thanks so much for your e-mail. I had a stint in the hospital for awhile and now I?m playing catch up. Please forgive me for not getting back with you sooner, I always answer same day. Anyhow, let?s get to whats important, which is your questions. It sounds like you do have lyme from what you wrote. In order to rid yourself of lyme you have to sicker then you were before you started anti-biotics. Its called Herxing and I won?t lie to you, it can be really hard to go through. Your young and you?ll get through it just fine. Most people don?t remember getting a tick bite or even having a rash, so don?t worry you and your parents are on the right track. Tell your parents that it?s...
 
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