The tell-tale sign of Lyme disease: Mother shares photo of her ‘bullseye’ rash after she caught the infection while walking her dog in the park
- Kate Allen got tick bites on a summer’s day and three days later a rash appeared
- She had 15 circular rashes, some which reached 12 inches (30cm) across
- Other early symptoms of memory loss and fever led to a diagnosis of Lyme
- Left untreated, the infection can spread to the organs and be deadly
- Ms Allen was treated with antibiotics, but fears the infection remains
A mother has shared a photo of the ‘bullseye’ rash that proved to be a sign of her Lyme disease.
Kate Allen, 28, from Leicester, spotted raised bumps on her skin after walking her dog through long grass in the park in 30°C.
Three days later, she had expanding circular red areas on both legs with a clear centre forming a pattern, some reaching 12 inches (30 cm) across.
Feeling feverish, lethargic, and more forgetful, a doctor diagnosed a mild form of Lyme disease – an infection spread by ticks.
Christine Jennings, 57, was just 32 when the bug latched onto her skin while she was playing with her young daughters.
Over the next week, the former interior designer and artist developed what she thought was a virus, with migraines, a rash and swollen joints.
However, it was just the beginning of a 25-year battle with Lyme disease, in which her health has deteriorated to the point of being bed-ridden.
A spokeswoman from Lyme Disease Action said: ‘Humid weather brings the ticks above ground looking for a meal and walkers and campers need to be aware of the risk of tick bites in shaded areas and long grass.
‘The majority of UK ticks are not infected with Lyme disease, and the risk of disease can be minimised by prompt removal of the tick, without squashing the body.
‘Awareness is key, and ticks should not deter people from enjoying the outside, with all the benefits it brings.’
According to the NHS, it is recommended to cover skin while walking outdoors and use insect repellent on clothes and skin.
WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash called erythema migrans.
The disease can typically be treated by several weeks of oral antibiotics.
But if left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous symptoms and be deadly.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE INFECTED?
During the first three to 30 days of infection, these symptoms may occur:
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash
The rash occurs in approximately 80 per cent of infected people.
It can expand to up to 12 inches (30 cm), eventually clearing and giving off the appearance of a target or a ‘bull’s-eye’.
Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness
- Additional rashes
- Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
- Facial or Bell’s palsy
- Heart palpitations
- Problems with short-term memory
- Nerve pain
Please remember that while a “bullseye” rash is indicative of Lyme disease, you can still be infected with Lyme without the rash.
The article states, “The first signs are a distinctive circular rash.” NOT TRUE. Many NEVER get the rash. The CDC information at the end of the article stating that 80% get the rash is WRONG. The ranges of those getting the rash are 25-80% – hardly a sure thing. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/02/22/why-mainstream-lyme-msids-research-remains-in-the-dark-ages/
The spokesperson from Lyme Disease Action is not helping anyone when they state, “The Majority of UK ticks are not infected with Lyme Disease…”
It only takes ONE infected tick to make you ill. ONE. Prudence would err on the side of caution. Do not take this lightly. Do not be lazy.
Look at each tick as a monster from hell that can suck the very life out of you.
Perhaps this spokesperson didn’t know Lyme is three times higher than estimated in the UK: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/08/07/uk-lyme-disease-cases-three-times-higher-than-estimated/
While this article hones in on Lyme, please remember that ticks are filled with numerous pathogens and Lyme is often one of many. Each of these pathogens requires different testing and different medication. This is often NOT a one pathogen illness: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/10/30/study-shows-lyme-msids-patients-infected-with-many-pathogens-and-explains-why-we-are-so-sick/ Excerpt:
For the first time, Garg et al. show a 85% probability for multiple infections including not only tick-borne pathogens but also opportunistic microbes such as EBV and other viruses.
I’m thankful they included Bartonella as that one is often omitted but definitely a player. I’m also thankful for the mention of viruses as they too are in the mix. The mention of the persister form must be recognized as well as many out there deny its existence.
Key Quote: “Our findings recognize that microbial infections in patients suffering from TBDs do not follow the one microbe, one disease Germ Theory as 65% of the TBD patients produce immune responses to various microbes.”
But there is another important point.
According to this review, 83% of all commercial tests focus only on Lyme (borrelia), despite the fact we are infected with more than one microbe. The review also states it takes 11 different visits to 11 different doctors, utilizing 11 different tests to be properly diagnosed. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20181101/Tick-borne-disease-is-multiple-microbial-in-nature.aspx?
And lastly, please remember that this 21 days of doxycycline is what mainstream medicine is going to give patients even when they admit freely that later symptoms of Lyme disease can involve the heart, brain, cause arthritis, neurological and cognitive issues, and nerve pain, and kill you. If you go onto develop those symptoms, they will tell you, “it’s all in your head, here’s an antidepressant, go home and be well.”
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/05/15/life-with-lyme-disease-a-womans-15-year-journey-to-diagnosis/ A doctor told her she was, “too pretty to be sick.”
Regarding the geographic maps ruling like an iron curtain supposedly showing where ticks are or are not, or telling people the majority of ticks in their area aren’t infected: