Saturday, March 31, 2012

How Long Does It Take For a Tick To Transmit Lyme?

My friend Doreena and I were brainstorming today and we have a couple points and questions that we would like to get feedback on.

1. Is there studies showing that it takes 24 to 72 hours for a tick to transmit Borrelia into you? I know that they say it takes that long for the tick to regurgitate it's stomach contents into you (where the Borrelia lives) but has anyone done studies to see if the bacteria is also in the numbing fluids that ticks inject into you with their barbs while the second they bite you?

2. And what about co-infections? Is there any studies showing that it takes 24 to 72 hours for ticks to inject co infections such as Babesia, Bartonella, or Elichiosis into you?

3. And why do drs say the tick hasn't been on you long enough, when almost noone knows when the tick attached since it numbs you and you don't even feel the bite. Most people don't even see the tick at all.

4. Is the bull's eye rash 100% diagnostistic of Lyme? I thought I read in either the CDC or the IDSA's guildelines that it is but can't remember where I saw it. Any help would be appreciated with any of these.

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