Sorry for the delay I replied last week but but it logged me out and didn't save my reply.
Yes most DNR websites post inaccurate information. The CDC is a major part of the problem, some board members own patents on the Lyme vaccine, some were paid by insurance companies to write the treatment guidelines, two women on the board own patents on the current and outdated testing (from 1995) and also are in charge of denying/approving any new and accurate testing submitted to the CDC. The CDC was investigated and an anti trust/conflict of interest lawsuit by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was filed. The CDC also claimed Lyme is not a concern, but just last year they changed the infection rate from 30,000 to 300,000 which makes it the fastest growing disease there is. (how could they be so far off on their estimates? see above I'm sure we'll have a Lyme vaccine soon enough)
I never got a rash, but in the summer of 2007 (10 years after I suspect I contracted Lyme) I did have some bumps on the back of my neck, I thought I got into some wild parsnip which is some nasty stuff. That summer I had other symptoms show and I also lost 60 pounds in about 3 months, I just had a feeling that all my symptoms were related.......everything starting slowly going down hill from then on. Over the years, I've seen many doctors and had at least 9-10 Lyme tests, which all were negative. I even have (had) a rheumatologist who denies my positive Lyme test. The testing that you get from a primary doctor, hospital etc. are completely useless, testing for animals is more accurate because the CDC doesn't control veterinarians.
2 of the common co infections of Lyme; Babesia and Bartonella both cause various rashes (both are very serious and in the right setting can be life threatening) do a search for pictures just to know what to look for. (cats are MAJOR carriers of Bartonella, hence the name \"cat scratch disease\")
One thing I do know for absolute certainty is that Lyme and family tremendously weaken your immune system which leads to others problems and allows other pathogens, viruses, bacteria etc. to kick in. One thing I suggest is to do a search for \"Dr. Joseph Burrascano Treatment Guidelines\" he is a leading and reputable Lyme doctor, or look for a documentary called \"Under Our Skin\" there's 2 parts and it might be on YouTube. The treatment guide should give you enough info to help you with any concerns and what you should do it also has a short summery of symptoms. I hope this helps, if you need anything else I'm glad to help.
TNhunter- Great point on the layering of clothes, I always tell people it's kind of like layering clothes for cold weather.