Bullseye rash last year- lyme or not lyme disease?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

doesn’t ringworm give a bullseye rash too?

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@missfrillycoat:  If you’re concerned about it, the place to be is at your doctor’s office getting tested for antibodies, so treatment can be initiated.

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@missfrillycoat:  See a doctor ASAP.  If it IS lyme disease, I have known one too many people who have had serious complications because they let it go untreated. I’m talking serious neurological and motor issues. You are lucky that you have a bullseye because some don’t have any visible markers.  I would try to move up your appointment to much much sooner.

Everyone I knew who had lyme disease was living in the city and didn’t remember getting a tick bite.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had ringworm… that’s not ringworm. Ringworm is dots in a bullseye not a rash like that. It does look similar to lyme.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@missfrillycoat:  that picture is definitely lyme disease. ask me anything – i’ve had it twice, and seen specialists about it. i feel like the queen of lyme disease around my friends haha

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@missfrillycoat:  looking at that pic you posted, the same thing happened when I was younger. I had a bulls eye on my arm, about 3 inches or more across… It was huge, hot, itchy, painful. It made me ill as we’ll… I was tested for Lyme and ringworm and it was neither, so the doc said it was a spider bite and I was just having an allergic reaction to it!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@missfrillycoat:  Frankly, when it comes to the medical world and rashes, someone else’s experience is irrelevant. They may, or may not have had the same rash caused by the same organism -or not.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@missfrillycoat:  Well it depends on each person.

 

I knew both times because I got the rash. In june. In Maryland. After hiking in the woods. I promise you that picture posted is Lyme disease. I have researched the crap out of it. 

The first time I got sick I was pretty… tired? Not motivated, totally lazy, felt miserable. Not like flu miserable, just felt bad. Second time was this past summer and it SUCKED. It gets worse the more times you get it because it never technically leaves your body. This past time I was on antibiotics for 21 days. My joints killed me, I was extremely tired. My GPA in colleged went from the normal 3.5+ to a 2.5. 

If you ignore it – it may or may not get terrible. If you have no symptoms now? You should still see a doctor, but the fact is, if you haven’t been sick then it *might* not be a problem. However, many people ignore this and get REALLY sick. The whole time during my treatment this past summer, my doctor tested me for every neurological condition possible. This is because in some patients they only get these symptoms. Once it reaches your brain/nervous system, you are considered very sick. You will need to see a specialist, will need intensive antibiotics and possible medicine the rest of your life.

 

I don’t mean to scare you. It sounds like you will be able to recover fine. My immune system has overall been worse than before I got Lyme, but other than that I am healthy and happy. Just don’t let it get so bad that it affects the important things… All you need is a month of antibiotics and you don’t need to worry about that anymore. 

 

(PS if you are having swollen joints like you say you are, that means it has manifested and you definitely need to take care of this ASAP before it spreads and takes over your life like it did mine)

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