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ddps
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I got bitten about three weeks ago. Erythema migrans rash appeared two weeks in, which was last weekend (solid, no bulls eye). I started taking doxy within one day of the first rash appearing, which would be about two weeks after the bite,

Now 5 days later and my rash is still there, gets lighter some days and back darker some days. Still solid, no bull's eye. Initial Lyme test came back decidedly negative, but they say it's too early and I need to wait to do another test in a couple of weeks.

But yesterday I felt more fluish and fatigued than ever. I seem to be feeling worse, 5 days in.

My question is - how long does it take to know that the doxy is actually working?

Thanks.

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lymenotlite
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Congratulations on catching it so early, something that could spare you years of illness. Don't forget to take probiotics two hours after doxycycline. I have acidophilus written in my notes but you might check on something more current and its usage is to avoid intestinal issues from the antibiotics.
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Hard to give timescales with such an unusual bug as Lyme, and every person is different too.
But stick at it. Feeling worse is not necessarily a bad sign as often killing the bugs causes more symptoms. As above - catching it early is a huge point in your favor.

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