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Me and ds went hiking a week or two ago, I found a few ticks around my underwear line a few days after. I pulled them out, but didn't get a good look at them though I vaguely remeber they were reddish/brown (these were my first tick bites ever) and just let them wash down the drain (I was showering). Now, yesterday I noticed one of them looks infected. AHH, what do I do?? ANy natural remedies you can suggest to get rid of infection?
 

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Where are you in the US? What does the infection look like? I was told if you get a red rash some time (week?) after a tick bite you may want to get checked out for lyme. But probably some moms in areas where lyme is an issue would have better info.
 

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I am on vacation now, In Chicago. I got the tick bite in Kansas though. Yes, it is a red rash. The reason why I want to go the doctorless route is because I have medicaid and it doesn't allow you to go to any doctor but your own, unless it is an emergency. I don't think this qualifies, and I'm not going home until the end of this month. Uh oh, lyme disease? No fun.
 

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PLEASE take a tick bite very seriously. Lyme is an epidemic. It has been found in every state in the US, so don't let anyone tell you it hasn't. I have late stage neurological Lyme. I am on long term antibiotics and will be indefinitely. If you are treated within a certain window of being bitten, you can most likely kick Lyme, otherwise it can cause lifelong problems and you may never rid yourself of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. There is a message board at Lymenet.org with many people who can help you find a Lyme MD in your area. Good luck!
 

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I wanted to second what veggiemom said. Please get it checked out. I would most definitely request antibiotics. Believe me, you do not want late stage lyme. If treated early it does not have to be a big deal. If it is not treated early you could be stuck with it indefinitely.<br><br>
My husband has late stage lyme disease. He was diagnosed 12 years after a tick bite, after many years of various health problems. So many of his problems were unexplained until he tested positive for lyme. He has been on antibiotics for over a year and a half and we have been through so many ups and downs. I wouldn't wish what we have been through on anyone.
 

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Ok, I will def get it checked out. Would it be too late to wait until the end of June? I know, it's horrible to wait, but I really would like too, I'm so poor, and have NO extra money. Thanks for the advice ladies!
 

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well they will just give you anti-biotic so I would take a HUGE amount of garlic (antibiotic qualities) and vit c. and isnt the ring the scary lymes thing?
 

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Do you mean a bullseye rash? Something like 40-60% of people never even get the rash. I never had a rash. In fact, I never even saw the tick that bit me. Also, to the OP, make sure you visit Lymenet.org for information so that you can get tested through a reputable lab. I was tested through Labcorp twice and both times only one band came back positive. After being tested through Igenex, I tested highly positive on all tests.<br><br>
Mary - I am sorry about your husband. You are right, I wouldn't wish Lyme on anyone. I had so many strange symptoms and so many doctors tell me it was OCD, anxiety, depression etc. Luckily, I researched and came to the conclusion that Lyme was a huge possibility. It took about 2 years of jumping from doctor to doctor to finally find someone educated enough to make the diagnosis. I wonder if I'll ever be free of Lyme.
 

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Thanks ladies! I've been taking garlic/vit.c and the infection cleared right up. i'll still get tested when I get back home, but for now I'm not freaking out about it anymore. THANKS!!!
 

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It could have been that when you removed the tick that the head remained imbedded in your skin. But if you are still concerned, try coloidal silver, both internally and externally. I am in a tick hot spot and we deal with this a lot. Ds went camping with a friend and came home with several ticks. He never had a rash or skin infection, but his glands swelled up and he didn't feel well. Dr gave us anti-biotics and ds got better. (I am not usually pro anti-biotics, but I think that lyme disease is much worse.)
 
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