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A 41-year-old female asked:

Should i go to the doctor for a tick bite? very small tick removed 2 days ago. red itchy rash at site of tick bite. applied cortisone cream.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Please do not apply anything on the rash since it may mask the typical appearance of Lyme's. Do see your doctor.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
Nothing you can apply will mask erythema migrans.
Oct 12, 2017
Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Monitor symptoms: and keep area clean and dry and you should be fine.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
See DR: Tiny tick= risk for Lyme disease. You have a local reaction to the tick. There is good evidence for using a single dose of antibiotic, typically 200mg Doxycycline (I prefer minocycline) within 48 hrs after discovery of a deer tick to prevent Lyme. You need to be alert and ready for possible Lyme during the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately the blood tests are not reliable and sometimes the primary erytm
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Last updated Aug 10, 2019

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