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cantgiveupyet
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They said it started as what looked like a spider bite with a black dot in the center, but now it is long and itches.

I thought poison ivy, but the black dot kinda thru me a bit.

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The black dot may be the head of the tick, embedded in the skin...at least it was for me. They should seek antibiotics, or at least seek a medical opinion asap, in my opinion.
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thanks patti,

i forgot to add that they dont have insurance and cant afford a dr :-(

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Then I guess there is nothing you can do. How sad.

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It does look alot like poison ivy though it is always hard to tell by looking at just a picture.

Since they can't afford to see a doctor they should go to their local pharmacy and ask to talk to the pharmacist. Show him/her the leg and say "I think I have poison ivy, what do you recommend to treat it?" That would lead the pharmacist to say "try this" or "that doesn't look like poison ivy, try this instead".

Pharmacists usually like to help, its worth a try.

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Shouldn't the state you're in have some state assisted medical plan for people who can't afford it? In California, it's called Medi-Cal.
Even some local agencies (like county) have assistance programs.

They should look into it.

Patti

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Good ideas, Sammy and psano!!

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Also, in the meantime, maybe they should consider taking some herbals (like Buhner's protocol, or zhang, or cowdens) and I would also try putting on some topicals. I've used Farah's Lymessence massage oil, and it's really stong stuff. If you put it on right away, maybe it will help keep it from spreading, IF it's Lyme.

I think her website is www.yinessence.com

Or maybe not. But if it was an infected tick that bit them, I'd rather do something than nothing.

Patti

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go to a walk clinic or county hospital, they cannot turn you away
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Exactly right, Roro!

Tell them to do it now.

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I'd call around your area and find a free clinic or income based one. It kind of looks like when I get a staph infection.

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I will pass all these suggestions on to her tomorrow.

I thought it might be staph as well, but havent seen the rash in person. I think there was another one on her back.

It appears so look like a burn, but of course it isnt.

I really dont think she should mess around, of course knowing what I know about disease.

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It looks kinda blistery in the photo...

One of the other things that can present with a blistery type rash is shingles.

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