Over the last three nights I have been experiencing severe headaches, loss of appetite, very tired with no energy. Last night when I showered, I pulled a tick from my scalp which left a pretty big remark. Could this be the cause of the above symptoms. Any advice would be appreciated
I found a tick in my scalp, pulled it out and have a big red spot. Should I be concerned?
Added 15 Aug 2012:
Went to my doctors today and he advised me to go to the hospital were I can receive IV antibiotics. I am doing this first thing in the morning. I had to take care of some loose ends for I own a buisness. Don't know how long I will have to stay hopefully a day or two but whatever it takes it takes. He told me that the red spot on my scalp was not a good sign and that a piece of the tick could still be in there and must come out along with the antibiotics. He did say however that it's very difficult to diagnose lime deseas and that I would probably have to see a doctor who specialize in this. My symptoms are still there so hopefully I will feel better once the antibiotics get into my system. Thank you all for your advice, I never realized a tick could cause this much of a problem boy was I wrong. I will keep you all posted when I get back home
Added 17 Aug 2012:
Today is day two on antibiotics and I still feel horrible. Going to give it until Saturday and if I'm not feeling better going to make a trip to E.R. I have no energy, very larthagic and my neck is killing me for some strang reason. Keep you all posted
Yes, John, it could have and you need to get that bump looked at and see if your sr will test and or treat your for limes disease, especially since the bite is on your scalp. If you develop a rash that looks like a bulls eye, that is one of the signs of lymes disease. TOMORROW get that thing checked and please update us. Patti
This is off the web. You should know that when a tick is pulled off, you must be very careful that the head is not left behind as this will cause infection.
Your symptoms need a doctor immediately. Once you see the following illnesses, you will want to be treated quickly. Lymes disease is only one possibility. Encephalitis is far more serious. Please read on:
~~~The following is a list of tick-borne diseases, the usual tick vector(s), and the organism responsible for the disease that the tick transmits:
Lyme disease (borreliosis) -- Ixodes species (also known as black-legged ticks) including deer ticks (hard ticks) -- vectors for Borrelia species of bacteria (a spirochete or spiral-shaped bacterium)
Babesiosis -- Ixodes species (hard ticks) -- vectors for Babesia, a protozoan
Ehrlichiosis -- Amblyomma americanum or lone star ticks (hard ticks) -- vectors for Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii bacterial species
Rocky Mountain spotted fever -- Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick) and Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) (hard tick) are the primary vectors and occasionally the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus); Amblyomma cajennense (hard tick) is the vector in countries south of the United States -- vectors for Rickettsia bacteria
Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) -- Amblyomma americanum or lone star tick (hard tick) -- infectious agent not yet identified according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); some researchers suggest Borrelia lonestari may be the infectious agent.
Tick-borne relapsing fever -- Ornithodoros moubata or African tick (soft tick) -- vectors for Borrelia species of bacteria
Tularemia -- Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick) (hard tick) and Amblyomma americanum or lone star tick (hard tick) -- vectors for Francisella tularensis bacteria
Anaplasmosis (human granulocytic anaplasmosis or HGA) -- Ixodes species (hard tick) -- vectors for Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria
Colorado tick fever -- Dermacentor andersoni (hard tick) -- vectors for Coltivirus, a RNA virus
Powassan encephalitis -- Ixodes species and Dermacentor andersoni (both hard ticks) -- vectors for Powassan encephalitis virus, an RNA arbovirus
Q fever -- Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Dermacentor andersoni, and Amblyomma americanum (all three are hard ticks) -- vectors for Coxiella burnetii, a bacterium
African cattle disease -- Rhipicephalus evertsi also known as red ticks -- vector for parasites or bacterial infections in cattle
Outbreaks of tick-related illnesses follow seasonal patterns (about April to September in the U.S.) as ticks evolve from larvae to adults. Mild winters with an early spring often result in a high number of ticks and an increased frequency of the diseases they transmit. Different ticks go through complex life cycles (for example, see Figure 3) that involve mating and larval formation and usually have several hosts; humans are usually not an essential part of the normal tick life cycle, but wherever a mammalian host is pictured in a tick life cycle, usually a human can replace the normal host animal. For example, in Figure 3, people could replace the deer or cow. However, in most cases, the life cycle is not completed with human hosts.
>>>I have not included the photos. This should be enough to start. This was googled and I took the emedicine site. Ticks are creepy. I have had many over the years living in Wisconsin. Removal must be safe, the area carefully cleaned and we use an antibiotic cream on the site, always. In the good old days it was iodine! Hope you get help very soon.
YES!!! You should be concerned!!! Lyme is very serious disease that if not caught ASAP, can become chronic and cause horrible side effects for the rest of your life. I have a good friend who caught Lyme and she is very, very sick from it. She had to quit work. Do NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY!! Get tested tomorrow, as the spirochetes only show up in your blood for a short period of time. Should you NOT test positive for Lyme, but still are sick, get another test from a California company called IGenix. I am very serious. also, should you test positive, start on the antibiotics immediately, and get yourself to a specialist in Lyme, not just your family doctor. Apparently the AMA says two weeks on doxycycline, where as the CDC says at LEAST six weeks. My friend has been on the med for over three months, and it has settled in her brain. She is also in severe pain. I don't mean to scare you, but Lyme disease is very serious if not treated immediately.
There is a documentary on Netflix called Under Our Skin that explains how Lyme is under treated, and in epidemic proportions all over the world!!
I truly hope that you don't have LYme, but I really want to emphasize how serious this is, and why you have to be tested ASAP!! BTW, yes, your symptoms are consistent with Lyme, so PLEASE get tested. There is a website called ILADS . org that explains all about this, and why if you don't test positive, but still have symptoms, you should go to a Lyme specialist.
Best of luck to you. You can cure this if you catch it quick enough, should you have the disease. I truly hope that you do not, but do keep in touch, and let us know how you are.
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