Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in Blog |

This is a good item to file away and hold onto so that when you find a tick embedded, you will know your options: This article is by Kathy Meyer – I was asked to re-post this by a friend due to the numbers of people getting tick bites. It can also be found easily, thanks to Catherine Fox, at https://lifelovelyme.com/2016/03/28/guest-post-what-to-do-if-you-find-a-tick/ –Kathy Meyer INFORMATION ON TICK BITES “…The physician cannot rely on a laboratory test or clinical finding at the time of the bite to definitely rule in or rule out Lyme Disease infection, so must use clinical judgment as to whether to use antibiotic prophylaxis. Testing the tick itself for the presence of the spirochete, even with PCR technology, is helpful but not 100% reliable. An established infection by B. burgdorferi [the bacteria that causes Lyme] can have serious, long-standing, or permanent, and painful medical consequences, and be expensive to treat. Since the likelihood of harm arising from prophylactically applied anti-spirochetal antibiotics [taking antibiotics to kill potential infection] is low, and since treatment is inexpensive and painless, it follows that the risk benefit ratio favors tick bite prophylaxis.” -Dr. Joseph Burrascano, the longest-treating physician for Lyme in the U.S. As the weather warms, there is justifiable panic in the question, “I just found a TICK on me, so what do I DO?!” What I’ve concluded is that the only important question is, “Was the tick embedded and was it even a little puffy?” If it is dug in and starting to exchange bodily fluids, just like unprotected sex and STDs, it may have given the patient a disease. What to do next? I’m not qualified to give medical advice, but I’m grateful for the experienced Lyme specialists who have published their opinions. “I definitely advise treating tick bites. Waiting for symptoms is unwise,” says Dr. Steven Phillips in the Huffington Post this month. He says he starts treatment “within hours of the tick-bite.” Treatment following a tick bite As Dr. Burrascano notes above, a doctor can’t rely on testing or symptoms when it comes to a tick bite. There is no reliable test. He recommends the following: TICK...

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