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Information and treatment for Lyme disease - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my brother was told he has lyme disease is it true that you are to pick at the bites and push out the eggs and puss
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr xxx here
Doctor :   Can you breif me in detail
User :   YES
Doctor :   Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by a bacterium called a spirochete.
Doctor :   Yes they do spread like that
User :   MY BROTHER WENT TO THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY AND THEY TOLD HIM HE HAD LYME INFECTION ARE THEY TO CUT THEM OPEN
Doctor :   The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite,
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Its curable with antibiotics
User :   IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE ALL OVER HIS LEGS
User :   BUT NO RASH
Doctor :   Either doxycycline , amoxicillin, or cefuroxime is preffered depending on the state of infection.
Doctor :   Is his joints swollen?
User :   YES THEY GAVE HIM DOXYCOLINE AND NOW HE IS GOING TO SEE A HEART DOCTOR
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   That just for a check up
User :   I DONT BELIEVE SO HE DOESNT SLEEP AT ALL I WAS THINKING HE IS DOING DRUGS THAT IS WHY I AM ASKING
Doctor :   Because it can cause accumulation of fluid in tissues to rule out we have him checked
Doctor :   No
User :   HE IS SAYING THAT THE DOCTOR TOLD HIM TO PICK AT THEM AND CUT THEM OPEN
Doctor :   Probably the itching sensation is making him restless
Doctor :   Ok
User :   THERE IS NEW ITCHING AT ALL
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I AM JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF HE IS TELLING US THE TRUTH OR NOT IS IT
Doctor :   Then he might be anxiuos about his condition making him sleeplessnes
User :   POSSIBLE TO HAVE A BUNCH OF THEM ON HIS LEGS
Doctor :   Then he would require an session of councelling
Doctor :   With an psychiatrist
User :   YA THATS WHAT I THINK BUT I AM NOT TO SURE HE SAYS HE WAKES UP DURING THE NIGHT FEELING LIKE THEY ARE BITTING HIM
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   He might have them too, we shouls understand his fear too
Doctor :   Once explained there is tick infestation he will or probably assume things
User :   I DO UNDERSTAND THAT WELL THEN I AM THINKING HE ISNT ON DRUGS THEM
User :   HE IS A FIRE FIGHTER HE IS IN THE BRUSH ALL THE TIME
Doctor :   Then get him councelled for the same that might solve the issue
User :   I THINK WE WILL HE JUST IS A VERY CHANGED MAN AND VERY DISTANT
User :   IS IT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO BE A DIFFERENT PERSON AND A MEAN PERSON
Doctor :   I will not be able to comment on this
User :   OK
Doctor :   As i have not met him
Doctor :   Nor examined him
User :   OK WELL I WILL GO FROM THERE WITH THIS INFO THANK YOU VERY MUCH
User :   THANK YOU
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Wishing him a speedy recovery
User :   THANK YOU
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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