Lyme Disease - anyone with experience?

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Lyme Disease - anyone with experience?
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Tue, 06-17-2014 - 1:17pm

I found a tick on my DD yesterday, removed it (ended up squishing it though) and called the pediatrician. She thinks it's a deer tick. So I found a county run mosquito service that tests the ticks for lyme disease (small fee). My question is though, if the tick comes back positive, do you think (or should I request?) the pediatrician will start treating her for possible LD or wait out to see if the symptoms appear? The tick was only on her for a few hours at most, and wasn't/isn't engorged. I just know that the earlier the treatment the better. But at the same time I don't want to start her on an antibiotic treatment unnecessarily that could hinder her tolerance down the road (is that possible?). 

Thanks.

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Tue, 06-17-2014 - 8:12pm

Bacteria from a tick bite can enter your bloodstream only if the tick stays attached to your skin for 36 hours or longer.  This is why flea and tick applications on dogs often do not REPEL ticks.  The pesticide enters the tick when it begins feeding, and the tick dies before it tramsmits enough bacteria to cause infection.  That said, I would watch the area where the tick was attached.  The hallmark sign of Lyme is a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area, which usually takes a few days after infection to develop.  If you see a rash, get her to the doctor.  Otherwise, since it is very unlikely she carried the tick long enough to get infected, don't worry.

BTW, the most COMMON carrier of deer ticks is NOT DEER, but is mice and other small rodents.  So the ticks can be found in any grassy area that rodents frequent.  Make sure your children wear repellant, long sleeves and long pants when playing in the grass.

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Tue, 06-24-2014 - 11:44am

Thank you! I had the tick identified and it's not a deer tick, it's a lonestar tick. So while we're good with lyme disease we still have to watch for other issues, but according to the etymologist report, it was not engorged (still flat) so hopefully it wasn't on long enough to transmit anything, if it was carrying something. I'm very lucky that my county offers this. They'll test the tick for lyme if it's a deer tick ($25) but otherwise the identification is free. Nice to have that available.