Co-infections: Tick-Borne Bartonella

  • A very common co-infection with Lyme disease.
  • Ticks carry Bartonella henselae (cat scratch disease).
  • Ticks also carry other Bartonella strains.
  • There are no tests for most strains of bartonella.
  • Consider Bartonella if a person remains ill after Lyme disease treatment.

 

Symptoms of Bartonella

  • Swollen lymph nodes, can be the size of golf balls
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Endocarditis
  • Uveitis, retinitis, other eye problems
  • Red papular rashes
  • Parallel lines resembling stretch marks
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures, in some patients

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