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I think there is so much confusion about Lyme disease. I talked to a natropathic doctor and she said there are a lot of differening views on it.
For example, I brought the tick in a jar to the docs and they confirmed it was a deer tick, but the natropath said they could have actually sent the tick into a lab and tested it fot lyme. But These docs didn't know that.
Yes, there are certain labs thattest ticks, but they need to be alive & I don't know of any that test for co-infections. I forgot to list mycoplasma as a common co-infection up there.
There is a lot of confusion out there, but just about every source agrees that antibiotic treatment is the safest course if it's caught early. If you let it go, there's the risk of chronic Lyme & IV rocephin, blech.
**Oh, and this is HUGE - you may very well be experiencing a Herx reaction as the doxy kills off the bacteria & they release their toxins. Your ND should be aware of herbs that assist in elimination of those toxins.
The other side of this whole thing- I just copied this from a different website:
"With the exception of pregnant women and people with severe arthritis or heart problems, most people who have been exposed to ticks but do not have symptoms are not given antibiotics. Even in parts of the country where Lyme disease is known to occur often, the risk of getting Lyme disease is too small to warrant treatment before symptoms appear."
from this site http://health.yahoo.com/infectiousdi...--hw74158.html
This is something other people have told me- that I can get a deer tick bite but not have it be lyme, so I should wait to treat and see.
I kindof wonder about this too.
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