NEW SALEM, Pa. —
Morgan Rogers, 4, loves to play outside. But recently, she’s been spending more and more time inside, after being bitten by a tick sometime last month.
Watch the video in the above link to see the full story.
The medical world baffled yet again.
Treat each and every tick bite as seriously as a heart attack. Everyone knows prompt treatment makes THE difference, so why do doctors even hesitate?
If you are bitten, follow this advice: https://iladef.org/education/how-to-handle-a-tick-bite/
ILADS recommends that prophylaxis (preventive treatment) be discussed with all who have had a blacklegged tick bite. An appropriate course of antibiotics has been shown to prevent the onset of infection.
When the decision is made to use antibiotic prophylaxis, ILADS recommends 20 days of doxycycline (provided there are no contraindications). The decision to treat a blacklegged tick bite with antibiotics often depends on where in the country the bite occurred, whether there was evidence that the tick had begun feeding, and the age of the person who was bitten. Based on the available evidence, and provided that it is safe to do so, ILADS recommends a 20-day course of doxycycline.
Patients should also know that although doxycycline can prevent cases of Lyme disease, ticks in some areas carry multiple pathogens, some of which, including Babesia, Powassan virus, and Bartonella, are not responsive to doxycycline. This means a person could contract a tick-borne illness despite receiving antibiotic prophylaxis for their known tick bite.
ILADS recommends against single-dose doxycycline. Some doctors prescribe a single 200 mg dose of doxycycline for a known bite. However, as discussed in detail in the guidelines, this practice is based on a flawed study that has never been replicated. Read more in the ILADS treatment guidelines.
The bottom line: If you have been bitten by a blacklegged tick, you should discuss immediate antibiotic treatment with your provider as a possible course of action.
If you do receive prophylactic treatment, be cautious in in interpreting the results of subsequent testing. Widely-used blood tests look for antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi, but early treatment can prevent the body from mounting an antibody response. Should you become infected despite prophylactic treatment, subsequent tests results could be falsely negative.
Whether or not you choose to get prophylactic treatment after a tick bite, it is imperative to be vigilant for symptoms that might suggest active infection. Common Lyme symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue.
Here’s the dealeo – if you want to play Russian roulette and take a chance, that’s your business. They are now saying that around 50% of ticks in endemic areas are infected, but ticks are spreading into areas they’ve never been “found” before and they are often coinfected with many things. Lyme is just the tip of the ice-berg. If you are diligent with probiotics and diet, your body should handle the doxycycline (or whatever antimicrobial used) just fine. This prompt treatment is a bit like insurance. Not having insurance is hunky-dory until it’s your house that burns down.
FYI: My husband and I have probably paid $150K for the two of us to be treated for Lyme/MSIDS. That’s a chunk of change and frankly had we been treated with 20 days of doxy, we probably wouldn’t have had to spend it.
For ILADS treatment guidelines: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1586/14787210.2014.940900
For Lyme Treatments from numerous practitioners: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/02/13/lyme-disease-treatment/