Possible lyme disease

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I have a tiny nipple looking mark on my upper leg I dont think its grown much. I showed it to my GP and he gave me 14 days of doxycycline for what he said was the extremely unlikely chance that I got lymes disease.

However I read on here that all bullseye looking marks are lyme disease so should I be more concerned?

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    No. You need have no concern as Doxycycline given in right dosage for 3 weeks will sort things out if it is Lyme.

    Your Dr is, fortunately, one of the sensible ones to even mention Lyme.

    The only thing is you need 3 weeks doxycycline rather than two.

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      I just have a question, does a non lyme diseased infected tick bite cause a similar rash? my rash is nothing compared to pictures I have seen.

      The part that concerned me with my GP is that he seemed to beleive it was a small chance of lymes but from the reserach i have done people state that the target shaped rash is ONLY lymes.

      hope you can help.

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      Luke I just don't know.

      Not all ticks carry Lyme.

      But good that your DR is taking things seriously - just in case.

      You are one of the lucky ones.

      The bulls eye rash is very distinct.

      Other folk seem to have other bites, some don't remember a bite or rash yet have the disease.

      I hope the GP is right and there is only a small chance of Lyme BUT  better to be safe.

      If caught early it can be cured with 3 weeks antibiotic. If left too late it causes years of misery..

      If yours is the typical shaped bulls eyee rash then It is most likely that it is Lyme.

      Were you walking in woods or did you feel the bite and did you see anything.?

      Or did you have a dog or cat that picked up a tick.

      You can rest easy. But after the two weeks ask the Dr for the further week's supply of doxy.

      The gov health Lyme testing info  suggests  that the bulls eye rash is proof of Lyme Disease and warrants a Lyme test.

      No good testing for several weeks though as antigens aren't found initially. 

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      Its a small red circle with a tiny red dot in the middle. The circle is the size of a 5p coin, half an inch in diameter. 

      My only wonder was whether a normal tick bite could cause the small circle.

      Just sucks because with my anxiety its gonna be very difficult to not worry about this, espeically with all these false negative tests I have heard of.

      I don't mean to be callous and feel incredibly fortunate to have caught this early.

       

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      Lyme whether the possibility or the actuality is a worry.

      No of course you are not callous.

      It's perefectly natural to worry.

      The main thing is your Doctor considered your bite , similar to a Lyme loaded bite, was sufficiently disturbing to warrant treatment.He has done the right thing.

      Unless they see and recognise a tick bite rash that they realise  might cause Lyme most GP's play " doubting Thomas' and  unless they have seen they do not believe . This  condemns all those who have had no rash yet have Lyme Disease and co infection to years of unexplained illness.

      Truly you can now rest easy.

      Recent rash, instant treatment equalls success.

      If you get any odd symptoms then be sure to note them down..

       

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