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Ticks and Lymes disease are on the rise here in VA. This can affect both humans and our furry kids. Well I am glad it is me and not one of my kids but there is a 50/50 chance I have Lymes or an allergic reaction to a tick bite. Yes it has bullseyed, and yes it itches. According to my doctor a Lymes bite can itch but also they can not do a blood test for 6 weeks ( I was bit a week ago). They are putting me on 30 days of antibiotics (supposedly Doxycycline is best).

Here are some brochures and websites on Lymes and Ticks. Better to informed than not:

http://www.loudoun.gov/documents/31/8394/Tick Management Handbook_201204121315297883.pdf

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/clinicians/pdf/Lyme disease Update 2012.pdf

Canine Lyme Disease - Geographic Distribution

CDC - Lyme Disease Home Page

CDC Features - Stop Ticks

http://va-loudouncounty.civicplus.c... Virginia (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).PDF
 

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Christie that is a royal pain in the bum. I know Lyme disease should not be
taken lightly. How are you feeling so far, other than the itching? Blood testing
for antibodies to Lyme bacteria is generally not helpful in early stage disease,
but it can help in diagnosis in later stages, this is why you have to wait for the
blood test correct?
 

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Honestly I feel fine! I was no help to my doctor at all. They asked Are your muscle and joints sore? I responded yes I have been helping my inlaws move and working in the yard. They asked if I feel hotter than normal I responded yes I have a sun burn. LOL

Yeah blood test do not show for 6 weeks then it is not 100% accurate so we are treating as if I have it due to the bullseye. I am just glad it is me and not one of my kids. Supposedly it is really bad this year so everyone needs to keep an eye out on themselves and their furry kids!
 

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One of my dogs has dealt with Lyme disease and it seems to have resolved its self- but I just wanted to share about my mother in law. She got a tick bite with the bulls-eye and has gone on doxycycline for 30 days to prevent/stop the infection twice over the past 10 or so summers. Both times it seem to have worked because she had no symptoms and never tested positive. If you find the bite and take the antibiotics correctly and right away your odds are pretty good. The real battle is finding the tick and noticing the bulls-eye and going to the doctor- most people miss that step. Good luck!
 
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