[at-l] Lyme disease
hiker317 at gmail.com
Tue May 19 18:08:32 CDT 2009
On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM, <bluetrail at aol.com> wrote:
> Over the years, I've probably pulled off at least 50 ticks, some tiny, some
> not so tiny. Some had probably been on me a couple of days.
> Only once did I get concerned because of a ring-like rash. I went to see
> my doc and he said he thought it probably wasn't Lyme, but gave me a dose of
> antibiotic anyway--just in case. (His family was big on national park
> visits, so he doesn't freak about this stuff.)
> However, Lyme is rare in Florida--at least so far. I never got a high
> fever or any other symptom.
> I'm not a doc, but you could just keep an eye on the site and see if any
> other symptoms develop before you get too concerned.
> Here in Florida we call tick checks "redneck foreplay." Maybe you need a
> hiking partner?
> bluetrail at aol.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken Bennett <bennett.ken at gmail.com>
> To: at-l List <at-l at backcountry.net>
> Sent: Tue, 19 May 2009 6:15 pm
> Subject: Re: [at-l] Lyme disease
> The deer tick that gives us Lyme disease is very very small -- not much
> bigger the size of the period at the end of this sentence. The larger dog
> tick can give you Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, another tick borne illness
> that is quite common in the east. (My doc said it should be called "Carolina
> Spotted Fever.")
> In any case, when you have Lyme disease you only *wish* you were dead. At
> least I did. If you get a very high fever that spikes up and down, bad
> chills, lose a lot of weight, and have crushing fatigue, go see your doc.
> The "characteristic" bulls eye rash isn't a good indicator one way or the
> other. Neither is the quick Lyme test, of course, but if you have all those
> symptoms and you've been exposed (like hikers usually have), then you're
> probably a good candidate for a course of doxycycline or similar.
> A red bump? I wouldn't worry about it just yet. Clean it well, and keep an
> eye on it.
> The usual disclaimer: I'm not a doc, just a former Lyme disease patient.
> Your mileage may vary and all that.
> Good luck and stay healthy.
> On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 6:06 PM, <groberts6774 at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Hey Amy, or the AT-L, I was bitten by a tick in my backyard on Sunday. He
>> hadn't had a chance to eat yet and was really skinny. I successfully pulled
>> him and his glue-like mouth off of me. I looked at him under a magnifying
>> glass to make sure i got his mouth. I was also careful not to squeeze him
>> too much to have him regurgitate his parasitic stomach back into me.
>> BUT.....the area looks like a small zit or bump and is red. No ring, and
>> doesn't hurt. I'm thinking it's just a reaction to the secretions he
>> attached with, for now. any thoughts? I don't wanna die.
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>> at-l at backcountry.net
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