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Hi, I was hiking in a remote area in the Ernst Valley, a beautiful area. I was very careful to avoid brushing against plants, and I tucked my socks in to my pants, but the next morning I found a nymph embedded in my knee, it must have crawled through the holes in my socks. I removed it carefully and disinfected but have been experiencing some joint pain mainly in this leg (not sure if this is psychosomatic). I have European and East coast US strains of Borrelia already, and have mostly recovered from these, however, I fear I may have contracted a new strain. Has anyone had experience with desert ticks? I read a study in the BB area about borrelia in animals but I'm not sure. Supposedly its rare.
Plenty of Lechuguilla bites though
Thanks for the responses. I was actually hiking in the Ernst basin. I reckon I picked it up in a low grassy area at the low point of the basin. Lots of coyote tracks and scat, probably came from them. Have you guys hiked much off trail, I imagine so, though its hard to brushing against bushes at points. I hiked about 9 miles off trail that day so there was a good bit of exposure. No fever like last time, so I may be okay.House made of dawn I probably had American strain from birth, picked up a couple more from dogs over the years. But when I really got,sick was after a bite in Europe. This was the first time I ever noticed having a tick in my life. I was in the Italian alps and had no tweezers, tried a lighter but messed up. A month later joint pain and high fever. Months later headaches and memory issues ( I'm 21). Mostly recovered through antibiotics, herbs, antiheleminths, and lots of exercise. I think that after a while they become integrated into the body and cause fewer symptoms, but can gradually lead to als, Alzheimer's, parkisons etc if biofilm and worms are not addressed. They take up residence in deep tissue so can be hard to kill,without good blood flow.
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