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Dear Network Doctor

The other day I was on a hike for a couple of days. When I got home, I found out that I had a baby sitting.

I removed it, but after a few days the area had become a red circle. I watched it and it disappeared after a week and a half. I did not think about it after it had disappeared.

But in the last few weeks I have had a number of symptoms - fever, dizziness, vomiting, joint pain and I have just had some inflammation in my ear.

I decided to search for it, and I found out that the symptoms looked very similar to those of Borrelia infection. I'm usually never ill, so I'll ask if there could be a connection?

Yours sincerely

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Dear Questions

If you have removed a small animal from your skin, it is not a fox but a forest fleet.

It is important to distinguish, because the dough does not make people anything. Forest floats are carriers of the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is the cause of the disease borreliose, which we know in Danish as borrelia.

The bacterium resides in the stomach-intestinal tract and is transmitted either by rafting a little of its belly contents, which basically requires it to hold for more than 24 hours or if it is squeezed. If you become infected with the Borrelia bacterium, you will pass through several different stages of disease.

The first stage consists of a skin rash that gradually grows, so-called erythema migrans. The rash starts as a red plumage, and as it grows bigger and bigger, it raises in the middle and becomes a ring. The first stage typically lasts less than a month. When you are bitten by a forest fleet, there will always be a local reaction that should not be confused with erythema migrans. As long as the reaction can be covered by a crown, there is hardly any mention of erythema migrans.

Second stage occurs when the infection via the bloodstream spreads from the skin to the other organs. At this stage you will experience general disease: fever, headache, joint pain and more. This reaction will often come a room soon after the rash, and therefore they are not always linked together. However, most people may remember having had erythema migrans beforehand.

In the third stage, the bacterium spreads to the nervous system and causes neuroborreliosis. You may experience paralysis and muscle impairment. Most typical, however, is the influence of brain functions and memory problems, altered behavior, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Borrelia is relatively easy to diagnose and treat. However, the faster the treatment is initiated, the lesser the infection will be. The diagnosis is made in the first stage of the very characteristic appearance of erythema migrans, and longer in the lead, blood samples are used for diagnosis.

If you have the slightest suspicion that you could be infected with Borrelia, talk to your doctor!

Yours sincerely

Morten Svenning Nielsen

Specialist in general medicine

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