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Borrelia afzelii rashes?

Posted: Thu 8 Sep 2016 14:54
by Colb
Hello everyone,

For the last 2 years that I have been treated for Lyme disease, I had frequent occurrences of the weird rashes enclosed, especially when i'm under treatment. They appear when I scratch my skin and remain a few days, most of the times on the upper legs or upper arms. I've been looking all over the net and I couldnt find anything like it. My doc said it was coming from chlamydiae but its treatment did nothing. I have absolutly zero symptom from babesia or bartonella, so I don't think it can come from here neither...
According to my symptoms (no or few joint paint, no neuroborreliosis, but neck and head pain, tiredness), I think my Lyme disease comes from borrelia afzelii. Could it be one of the cutaneous manifestations of afzelii ?

Thanks !

Re: Borrelia afzelii rashes?

Posted: Thu 8 Sep 2016 18:13
by Anushka
Hi Colb,

Borrelia afzelii causes Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (ACA) and is the third or late stage of European Lyme borreliosis. But it looks nothing like what you posted. Here are a few examples .

At a first glance relapsing fever rash came in my mind, but that is usually much more pronounced. Examples ... fever+rash

Since you get it when you are taking medication, it could be a allergic reaction to the medication.

All the best

Re: Borrelia afzelii rashes?

Posted: Thu 8 Sep 2016 20:13
by Colb
Thanks a lot for your answer! Well those rashes sometimes appear when I'm not on medication, and especially after taking some cyst buster (Tinidazole), which make me think they are directly Lyme related. It's weird that there's absolutely nothing on the internet about it. Anyway, it's nothing serious, so...

Re: Borrelia afzelii rashes?

Posted: Fri 9 Sep 2016 2:44
by ChronicLyme19
Does it look like this at all ?

Re: Borrelia afzelii rashes?

Posted: Fri 9 Sep 2016 8:46
by Colb
Well, not really. It usually appears only on some parts of my body, when I scratch my skin (but not necessarily, sometimes it just comes from nowhere), and the shape has no special characteristic. Plus, I have zero symptom from Bartonella or babesia. One time, after taking tinidazole for a week, the rash was so important that the red dots started to become scab... I actually doubt that this can come from a coinfection since my immune systems seems quite strong (and I believe that, contrarily to Lyme, we can beat the coinfections by ourselves).

Anyway, thanks for answering :)