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phyl6648
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The more I read the more boggled my mind gets.

Now exactly what are co-infections?

Tks.

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Anything the tick also gave you. They carry LOTS of infections besides Lyme.

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phyl6648
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Example please. Could it be a sinus infection, Allergies,bladder etc. or more serious ones.

I never run a fever, white count ok, Test show no infections. No Barbs, Babs etc. and no symptoms.

Talked with my LLMD last night and more confused than ever because she said I had probably had lyme since I was a child and I could either treat or not treat. She thinks I have some type of infection but not sure what. So she prescribed Ketek, Omnicef, and Questran...I was just getting comfortable with the clindamycin oh well.

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Coinfections are just other infections a tick can give you. Examples are ehrlichia, babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma. These are named in the Burrascano Guidelines.

Allergies, bladder infections, sinus infections are not coinfections. You don't get these from tick bites.

It is highly unlikely that you have had lyme since childhood and have no coinfections. Dr. Burrascano says that just does not happen.

I had lyme, babs, and bart, but yet I didn't have any obvious symptoms of babs and bart. So, you can't go by symptoms. Start treating these coinfections and see what happens.

For me, as soon as I started treating babs, I got horrible babs flares every 7 days like clockwork. So, sometimes it takes treatment to bring out the diseases.

Everyone in Maryland with lyme also has babs and bart. So, I suspect Virginia is the same.

Some famous lyme docs just automatically treat every lyme patient for babs and bart also. I think that is the right way to go.

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Hey phyl...

Here is some information on some of the coinfections. Go to the bottom of the page to see links to click on for each one.

https://sites.google.com/site/virginialyme/tick-borne-diseases

OR...

A short overview is provided here.

https://sites.google.com/site/virginialyme/tick-borne-diseases/abc-s-of-tbd-s

Hope that helps!

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When people say Lyme Disease, they are usually referring to borellia, a spirochete related to Syphilis. But ticks carry more than just borellia. For instance, Babesia is a protozoa similar to malaria.

So having co-infections is like getting malaria and syphilis from one tick bite. Think of ticks as being like a sewer or deadly cocktail of pathogens.

There are many infections you can get from one tick bite including borellia, babesia, ehrlichia, bartonella etc. AND there are different strains of these infection like babesia microti versus babesia duncani or bartonella henselae versus bartonella quintana.

You have to diagnose which infections you have (tests are not always reliable) because they require different drugs for treatment. That is what makes treatment so difficult.

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quote:
Originally posted by phyl6648:
Example please. Could it be a sinus infection, Allergies,bladder etc. or more serious ones.

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No..

Good answers above!! Thanks TC, TF, and neffer!

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