Treat The Bite!
Adult Treatment Recommendations
For Tick Bites
Children's Treatment Recommendations
For Tick Bites
Dr. Joseph Burrascano's
Advanced Topics in Lyme & Tick Borne Diseases
Full Set of Guidelines
Everyone Agrees- the sooner treatment begins after a bite by an infected tick the better! Ticks live in the dirt and consume blood from a number of wild and domesticated animals that can carry and transmit multiple disease causing organisms.
Ticks are known to be infected with pathogens that can spread throughout the body quickly and cause a variety of mild to life-threatening symptoms. Waiting to see if the infections spread, or if you get a rash or if you get sick before treating does NOT make sense. Forget the old "wait and see" approach!
Get it Right! Treat The Bite!
Important- Less than 50% of adults get a rash after a tick bite and many do not notice any early symptoms. Less than 10% of children get a rash.
Less than half of the people with reported cases of Lyme disease recall being bitten by a tick.
A tick does NOT have to be attached for more than 24, 48 or 72 hours to transmit Lyme and other diseases as some older literature states. Ticks can transmit multiple diseases within hours of a bite.
Once tick borne disease organisms are entrenched throughout your body it is more costly to both your health and your wallet to get rid of them, if you can. An ounce of prevention in this case can be worth a pound of cure!
Forget the test! Save your money! Never depend on Lyme tests performed within a month of a tick bite! Nearly everyone will test negative for Lyme disease within the first 1-4 weeks after being bitten by an infected tick (barring prior exposure). It takes weeks for your body to produce enough antibodies to the Lyme bacterium to get a positive test result using the current tests and testing methods, if you ever get a positive test at all.
Tests for Lyme disease miss 75% (or more) of people who are infected!
Tests for Lyme disease are only designed to detect a reaction to one strain.
There are over 300 known strains!
The CDC states for every case of Lyme disease reported, at least ten are missed. Depending on unreliable tests to establish a "reported case" of Lyme disease allows even more cases to go undiagnosed, untreated and unreported and results in more people suffering with chronic Lyme disease.
According to a 1998 scientific study, treatment for early Lyme disease averaged $161 per patient. A patient with longstanding (chronic) Lyme disease spends an average of $61,243 per year, each year, with most insurers refusing to pay the bills. Can you really afford to "wait and see"? No, of course not!
Dr. Burrascano's Study
Effectiveness of Vancomycin in Treatment-Resistant Lyme
On PDF Below- Titled JoeVanco.pdf
Last Updated: April 2017