Written by Dr. Diane Mueller
Most commonly the rash from Lyme appears in 7-14 days. It may be as little as 1 day after infection or as long as 30 days. Most people if they are bit by a tick look out for the rash as a way of identifying if they have Lyme Disease or not. This is not the best way of determining this as Lyme Disease does not always lead to the development of a rash. Check out more information on the blog post, Lyme disease rash about the rash itself.
If you know you have had a tick bite, the best thing to do is to remove the tick and send it in for evaluation to see if the tick actually carries Lyme Disease. Ticknology is a company that offers this sort of evaluation. There are other companies on the market as well. If the tick carries Lyme Disease, then you will absolutely want to assume that you are infected. If the tick does not carry Lyme Disease, well then you are off the hook for this.
It is also important to realize that when insects bite us, they do not only give us Lyme Disease, they will give us whatever infections they happen to be carrying. Therefore, just because you figure out that a tick does not carry Lyme Disease, does not mean that it is free from other diseases. Ticknology tests not only for Lyme Disease, but for other diseases that may be carried by a tick. Since Lyme disease testing in humans still needs some improvement, using a company that can properly evaluate for what diseases a tick carries is incredibly important.
To remove a tick properly use the following methodology: take a tweezers and hook as you twist and pull out. Treat the area with a tincture of Andrographis. If you do not have this, hydrogen peroxide can work. While you are waiting to hear back from a company like ticknology (tick report is another good company), you can begin herbal treatment with herbs such as cat’s claw and Japanese knotweed. Even better is to work with a Lyme Literate Doctor who can help educate and guide you according to the most up to date research.
At our medical clinic, most of the people that we find positive for Lyme Disease through testing do not remember a tick bit or ever having the classic Lyme Disease Rash.
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