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How long will a tick bite take to heal without medications or creams?

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
TICK BITE HEALING: Healing time for tick bites depends on the type of tick. There is a tick that causes lyme disease; one that causes rocky mountain spotted fever; another that causes tularemia. Depending upon the kind of tick and the treatment you have been given, the healing time will vary.
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: As long as no infectious agent has been transmitted, the possible local reaction that can occur with any insect bite usually improves after 72 hours. If not, see your doctor.
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
SImple means: When our protective skin is injured/opened, then the delicate internal environment is exposed to the harsh external environment. Covering it with a clean dressing is the way to go changing it every other day or so. Avoid scratching. Anti-itch creams help. Also, stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things.
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