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Lymey64
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hi, I tested high positive several years ago, had very stiff joints etc and went on a summer of 2abx. I improved markedly and still have most of my flexibility but still have residual joint pain.

anyway, I recently discovered a small bruise with a scab in the middle, and had been working outside in previous days. it looked like a bruise but lighter in the middle and perfectly round. doc didnt think it was definitely lyme, but prescribed doxy for obvious reasons.

after only a couple days the bruise reduced and not concentric just a fading bruise mostly on one side of this little scab. So I may skip the doxy because its really not seeming like lyme rash at all.

BUT, my question is what does ur body do with a subsequent lyme exposure when you already have long term lyme? why even take soxy when its already in the body previously?

thoughts and experiences welcome!

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Garz
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various angles to this:

ticks carry multiple undesirable infections.
This includes multiple species and strains of borrelia but also Babesia, Bartonella type organisms, many viruses, and plenty of other documented pathogens.

Adding another pathogen to already chronic infection is likely to make it harder to treat.

all of these chronic infections must by definition alter the immune system to allow them to exist in the body for any length of time. This means that those with Lyme are likely to be far more susceptible to other chronic infections that fully healthy people would likely fight off.

This applies to infections that are thought to come from the community via person to person transmission ( eg Chlamydia Pn. Mycoplasma etc ) as well as tick/insect bites.

so it's certainly a case of trying to avoid additional exposure as far as possible.

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Keep an eye on your symptoms. If it feels like lyme or another coinfection, treat it.

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Lymey64
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what Im getting at is it doesnt for sure look like a tick bite, just a bruise, but with a scab in the middle.

but if I did get a new lyme infection, leaving out all those other things, why even use abx? its already a permanent part of my system. (until they release a truly effective treatment that is)

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can pics be posted here?
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Bartenderbonnie
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Yes, photos can be posted.

Please remember that ticks are sewers full of infections.

There is no such thing as a simple tick bite.
Ticks can transmit pathogens, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, mycroplasma's, ect.
They can cause immune system disruption which can have serious consequences to us. Any extra pathogen load will set you back months from your previous gains. Why take the chance?

Here is the most complete collection of Lyme photos compiled by Tincup;
https://sites.google.com/view/marylandlyme/rash-photo-collection

Listen to your body for symptoms/rash. "Treat The Bite" guidelines as per Dr B's "Advanced Topics In Lyme Disease"
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tymkZ3rU5suA8VagxOwvwLWghgNGbA_N/view

Dr B's "Advanced Topics In Lyme Disease"
http://www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf

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Thanks for the information !!!!!

[ 07-17-2020, 04:01 AM: Message edited by: PeaceDuck ]

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Garz
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bites from ticks infected with Rickettsia organisms often cause a scab in the middle of the bite - its called an eschar I think.
it does not look like a typical Bullseye rash

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Alisandne
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Hi - Are you saying that because you took antibiotics several years ago they remain in your system permanently and should be able to handle a new tick infection? That doesn't sound right to me. Anyone else?
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Yeah, what Alisandne is pointing out - there's no more doxy in your system from before. You would have to treat again.
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