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    Later Signs and Symptoms (days to months after tick bite)

    • Severe headaches and neck stiffness.
    • Additional EM rashes on other areas of the body.
    • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints.
    • Facial palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face)

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    Ticks this year are in ever increasing numbers.

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    Been pulling them off my dogs for the last 2 days now after a visit to Dunnet Forest! Dosed them with Bravecto so hopefully the little blighters will die if they latch on now

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam09 View Post
    Ticks this year are in ever increasing numbers.


    Lyme disease is common throughout most of the world. There are now more than 10,000 medical papers on Lyme. But even as the knowledge surrounding this infection by the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete (one of a family of corkscrew shaped bacterium) increases, there remain many unanswered questions about this disease. Lyme is spread by the bite of infected ticks of the genus Ixodes. Host animals include deer, mice and other mammals as well as birds.The symptoms of Lyme mimic over 200 other conditions and it is often misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and even some psychiatric disorders.
    Blood tests for Lyme are notoriously unreliable (JAMA, 1992; 268: 891-5; Ann Intern Med, 1991; 115: 533-9), and a negative test cannot fully rule out infection. A better diagnosis can probably be made on the basis of careful assessment of symptoms and patient history (Arch Intern Med, 1990; 150: 761-3; Clin Courier, 1991; 9: 5-8). But even here you should not necessarily let yourself be satisfied by an "all clear" or an alternative diagnosis. In a small, informal study by the American Lyme Disease Alliance, 90 per cent of those diagnosed with CFS actually had Lyme disease.
    Initially, it was thought that 75 per cent or more of those with Lyme would initially produce a round red rash. Now we know that the rash neither has to be red nor round and that the figure is closer to 50 per cent. In one study in Finland, only 16 per cent had the rash (Ann Med, 1993, 25: 349-52).
    The most common and disturbing symptoms are those which affect the nervous system. Hands, fingers, feet and toes may twitch or go numb again and again, even though they may appear to be normal on examination. Vision can become blurred, and sharp electric pains may suddenly rip through the body.
    The most common treatment, with long term antibiotics, has other implications for an already compromised immune system (WDDTY vol 8, no 1) and is unreliable. The FDA has not approved any drug for the treatment of Lyme disease and the dose and type of antibiotic which you are likely to receive varies wildly from physician to physician.
    Several studies have shown that the Lyme disease bacteria can be present, without producing symptoms, in the spinal fluid of individuals who have been "cured" by aggressive antibiotic treatment (Infection, 1989; 17: 355-8; J Clin Microbiol, 1993; Aug: 61-63) and that symptoms can persist even after therapy (Ann Intern Med, 1994; 121: 560-7; Antimicrob Agents Chemother, 1995; 39: 1127-33; Clin Infect Dis, 1995; 21: 380-9; J Am Acad Dermatol, 1993; 28: 312-4; Eur Neurol, 1995; 35: 113-7).
    Another problem with antibiotic treatment is that a two week course of oral antibiotics, given for instance on a just in case basis, is thought to be enough to cause a Lyme positive patient to test false negative for the rest of his or her life.
    One question which has not been asked is why some become symptom free even if the spirochete remains in their bodies and others don't. It seems reasonable that genetic factors and the overall health of the immune system play an important part. So while there are no specific alternative remedies for Lyme disease, you can help yourself greatly by supporting your immune system, especially with supplements of copper, evening primrose oil, vitamin C and pycnogenol and by increasing your garlic intake. Herbal remedies which enhance immunity include echinacea, golden seal, alfalfa, dandelion root, Oregon grape and milk thistle.
    WDDTY panellist Patrick Kingsley also recommends that a homeopathic treatment with Borrellia burgdorferi may be of benefit but cautions that, as with antibiotics treatment, improvement will often be slow and treatment may need to last for 40-60 days. In addition, aconite is indicated when your symptoms include fever; rhus tox for rheumatic symptoms; and ledum for joint and muscular pain


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    Last edited by Bill Fernie; 17-Jun-19 at 08:51.

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    A short film about using a tick remover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0ow_yWLZoM

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    This year seems to have been particularly prolific for ticks and we have been removing them from our three Boxer dogs on a daily basis, we treated them with some stuff we got from the vets about three weeks ago and haven't had one since.
    A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.

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    Whilst bringing in my washing the other day I found 7 Ticks stuck to it. Check your washing when you bring it in and always treat your pets monthly.

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    I like do give my dog a treat most days.
    He is a good boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi16 View Post
    I like do give my dog a treat most days.
    He is a good boy

    Likewise Mi6. L.O.L.

    Not treating your pets for fleas and ticks every month is asking for problems, this year there seems to be more of the little blighters. America is reporting a great upsurge in tick bourne diseases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam09 View Post
    Likewise Mi6. L.O.L.

    Not treating your pets for fleas and ticks every month is asking for problems, this year there seems to be more of the little blighters. America is reporting a great upsurge in tick bourne diseases.
    I get a tick treatment tablets from the vest that last 3 months, a big chink of a thing that he hates to swallow but its done, then some drontal for the fleas and job done.
    W.A.T.P.

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    Rare tick-borne infections diagnosed in England

    Public Health England (PHE) calls for people to be tick aware as the first case of a babesiosis is diagnosed in England.

    Public Health England (PHE) can confirm the diagnosis of a case of babesiosis and a probable case of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in England. This is the first record of a UK-acquired case of babesiosis and the second case of TBE being acquired in the UK.

    Babesiosis is caused by a parasite which infects red blood cells whilst TBE is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system. Both are rare infections spread by the bite from an infected tick.

    Read the full article at
    https://caithness-business.co.uk/article/11443

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    Arrrrgh! A probable case of a viral infection that affects the central nervous system? Right, shut everything down - Close the shops, offices, workplaces, schools, pubs. Lets just tell everyone to stay in their houses and wear masks. We cannot have yet another virus spreading around the country. We must take every step possible to eradicate this TBE virus, no matter how painful that may be to our economy or wellbeing.

    Fortunately, ticks are not something we see that much of here on Orkney. Must be the wind that blows them away!

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