Lyme Disease - Hawthorne,NJ

Updated on January 25, 2010
N.M. asks from Hawthorne, NJ
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I have a 5 year old son, His ears got very hot and red several times during the last two weeks and it got normal after about half an hour and he is complaining several times that he is having pain on the back of his knees and the same thing it goes after a few minutes.
Could it be Lyme Disease? I am little worry. Can some body help me please.

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So What Happened?

Thank you for all respond, I feel much better and I spoke to his Doctor and she told me the pain on the back of his knees could be growing pain, but she had no answer for red ears, but any way because he is very active I am not worry about him any more.
Thank you so much.

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answers from New York on

Does not sound like Lymes to me. I would check with your ped.



answers from Boston on

My son had Lyme disease a few years ago. The biggest sign of Lyme disease is a rash in the shape of a bullseye. Sometimes the bullseye is so big that you have to stand far away to see it. My son didn't have a bullseye, which is uncommon, but he was extremely itchy. I know that untreated Lyme disease can affect your joints like arthritis.

Not sure about red ears and his knees.

Has he been playing in tall grass or in the woods? Do you have deer near you? Deer ticks are what carry Lyme disease, not regular ticks. Deer ticks are could probably fit several of them on a pin head whereas a regular tick might be the same size or bigger than a pin head.

There's a blood test they can do for Lyme disease. Sometimes it's a false positive, though...or is a false negative? Sorry, I can't remember. You should be able to find info online. Don't hesitate to contact your doctor asap. You also might want to start keeping a log of his complaints to see if there's a pattern. And if you see a rash, circle it with a pen so you can track if it grows beyond the circle you've drawn.

Good luck with this.


answers from New York on

Hi Narges:

Why do you think it's Lyme Disease? It can be torture to speculate. Set up a health consult to find out what's going on. Visit my company's site and feel free to set up a natural healthcare consultation.

All the best,


answers from New York on


The hot, red ears do not sound like Lyme, but the achy knees can be a symptom. Lyme sometimes presents with a bulls eye rash that will get larger, not everyone gets the rash. My son did not get a rash, but he presented with achy joints and fatique. He was treated and is fine. Lyme disease is tricky, I had it and was mis-diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis. It took almost 2 years before I was correctly diagnosed with LYme disease. I have been treated and I am fine now. the blood test is not always accurate. Many doctors are not knowledgeable about Lyme disease. If you live in an area that has tics or you have pets or have been in the woods you are a high risk. I would have the doctor test him for Lyme, if the test is negative and the symptoms persist I would request a second test.
Hopefully this is just an isolated complaint and your son is fine.



answers from Austin on

I'm sure it "could" be. If you are worried, why don't you have your pediatrician run a blood test? Its that simple. My sis had this and they never found a rash because by the time she had symptoms, it was gone. Is he feeling exhausted? Thats a big sign. She was always wiped out. Good luck



answers from New York on

It doesn't really sound like Lyme to me (early symptoms include a rash and flu-like symptoms and joint pain is usually a later symptom) but a doctor can do a blood test (which may be worth doing for your peace of mind). Also, has he been out running around in the woods or grass at this time of year? It seems less likely this time of year than in warmer months, though it could have gone unnoticed since summer. I worked at summer camp for several summers and there were definitely cases of Lyme disease but I also got a few tick bites that never gave me anything.



answers from Dallas on

Check out the website lymenet. It is a great resource. The bullseye rash that lyme is commonly identified only shows up about 30% of the time. I was bit by a tick while 9 months pregnant and passed lyme to my unborn child. Oy! I would get on this website to post your questions. Very helpful and knowledge able people.



answers from New York on

I have never heard of those symptoms related to Lyme Disease but if you are worried his pediatrician can do a blood test. If it is positive he just takes some antibiotics. Both my parents have had it more than once and they are fine. Try not to worry too much. His doctor can figure it out. Good luck.

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