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As a doctor and also a person who has had lymes disease myelf (part of the joys in living next to a National Forest) I can tell you that I agree with your doctor. It is very unlikely that you have contracted lymes disease
The ten day course of doxycycline will help with the local skin infection, as it seems that it already has, but it would not be enough therapy to do anything about lymes disease. That treatment requires 28 days of antibiotics.......not that you need it though :)
So these symtpoms I am experiencing are not related to the tick? Am I on the right treatment? I am sorry to hear you had Lyme! there is so much contradicting info out there that Lyme is Incurable and does not respond to antibiotics or needs very long term antibiotics.
Why do you have a headache or mild sore throat? It could be from a bazillion reasons. Given what you have told me I would not attribute it to lymes nor would I feel that you have been infected with lymes.
should I try to get on another 18 days of antibiotics?
Oh ok. Thanks!!!
I guess catching the tick very early makes me really fortunate!
I can tell you, from both my medical training and personal experience that lymes is curable :)
No. I do not think you need it. Of course, doxycycline is a fairly safe antibiotic and, if it would give you peace of mind, then by all means do a 28 day course of therapy.
Do I think you need to do this from a clinical standpoint? No......
great to hear! My MD doesnt think I need any more treatment. Anything I should be on the lookout for?
But it probably wouldn't hurt you to do so.
No. I think you are gonna be OK. Nothing to worry about from what you have told me.
I hope you had a good trip with the exception of this evil tick ;)
thank you thank you! Reassurance is priceless!!! Feel lucky to be able to discuss this with someone who knows a thing or two about this! ;)
My pleasure. You made me smile :)
gracias XXXXX XXXXX merci mahalo...
can breathe now
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You are going to be just fine. I think your doctor is doing a very good job of taking care of this issue for you.