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Lyme Disease - The New All-round Challenge - Dr. Manja Podratz
Growing up and living in Germany I heard the first time about tick-borne illnesses over 20 years ago, especially tick-borne encephalitis and lyme disease. However, they seemed to be rare and treatable, so I never worried too much about them. Now this. Contracting Lyme Disease Working Outdoors My husband loves the outdoors and environmental work. He has been working in a local wildlife refuge as a ranger for the last 13 years. He had many tick bites over the years. We live in Southern Alabama. My husband’s journey with tick-borne illness started 3 years ago with a tick bite that got infected. We noticed a red, ring-shaped rash forming combined with itching and swelling within 24 hours. Some 3 or 4 days later he experienced chills, developed fever and complained about an aching body. It was obvious that he was dealing with some form of infection and he went to the doctor. He received doxycycline (tetracycline) for two weeks, which is an antibiotic to treat early lyme disease. We thought that we caught it early enough and would be good. If only we would have known that the treatment wasn’t long enough, and he wouldn’t have to work in the woods...