- 1.Lyme Disease Treatment
- 2.Not all bull’s-eye rashes are Lyme Disease
- 3.Self-Assessment for Lyme Disease
- 4.A story about Lyme disease testing and the Western blot
- 5.Lyme testing: PCR is looking for bug bits
- 6.Preventing Tick-Borne Illness
- 7.Find a tick? Have it Tested.
- 8.Tick Bite Scenario
- 9.Lyme Disease Tests
Do you know someone who got a “bullseye” rash after a tick bite? It can be scary because it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that the rash mean the tick is infected with Lyme disease.
It can be tempting to bypass testing and go directly to a course of antibiotics. However, it may be wiser to instead use herbal protocols that can fight the infection without the GI-damaging effects of reflex high-dose antibiotics.
Antibiotics can be especially tempting because conventional Lyme tests are relatively inaccurate. Many people are steered to a specialty lab such as Igenex to get an accurate diagnosis, and this can be expensive.
But this report reminds us of the important fact that a bullseye doesn’t always mean Lyme. Ticks carry other bacteria and some of them are not as dangerous. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry and get some treatment going. The rash absolutely does mean that you have a tick-borne illness, but it may not always mean Lyme.