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Are tick bites often treated with doxycycline?

Are tick bites often treated with doxycycline?

No: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is used to treat some illnesses, such as lyme disease that are caused by tick bites. If a patient has a tick bite in an area of the country where lyme disease is common, some doctors have chosen to prescribe Doxycycline to possibly prevent lyme disease. ...Read more

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Switched to doxycycline for possible rocky mountain spooted fever symtoms- tick bite was end of april. is it to late if I start doxy 2mrrw for 10 days?

Switched to doxycycline for possible rocky mountain spooted fever symtoms- tick bite was end of april. is it to late if I start doxy 2mrrw for 10 days?

The big unknown: Doxy is best started per recommendations of the CDC and others within the first 5 days of infection. The benefits of delayed treatment in the post-acute stages are unclear. Not alot of literature or research that I've ever found on delayed treatment. The RMSF antibody titers may give your doctor some guidance. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a tick bite. I'm on Doxycycline already, but swelling only diminishing a little each day. Should I be worried?

I have what looks like a tick bite. I'm on Doxycycline already, but swelling only diminishing a little each day. Should I be worried?

See a dermatologist: How long on doxicycline? Dose? Why? Do you have erythema migrans, a local reaction to a tick, or something else? Did you remove the tick yourself? What kind of tick? Or do you just assume it was a tick never actually seen? ...Read more

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Why did my doctor give me only one 200mg dose of doxycycline after a few tick bites? Is only one dose enough?

It depends on what: your doctor was treating. If he was thinking that you should treat a small superficial skin infection with 1 dose of antibiotics, then the treatment dose is adequate. If he wanted to treat empirically for Lyme disease or rocky mountain spotted fever, then 1 dose is not adequate. You should really ask your doctor why he thought 1 dose was enough for your condition. Thanks for trusting in HT. ...Read more

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Just started 100mg twice daily of doxycycline for tick bite/rash. How long before side effects start? If any? Severe nausea?

Just started 100mg twice daily of doxycycline for tick bite/rash. How long before side effects start? If any? Severe nausea?

May not get any: Not everyone has side effects to medication. Normally it begins in the first 24 hours you may get stomach upset so take the pills with small meal and plenty of water. Avoid direct sun exposure, no tanning until you are off the medication a good 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Im taking doxycycline and ciprofloxacin together after getting an infected tick bite in Zimbabwe. now have foot pain, swelling and cramping. reaction?

Im taking doxycycline and ciprofloxacin together after getting an infected tick bite in Zimbabwe. now have foot pain, swelling and cramping. reaction?

Possibly: It is possible it is a reaction to one of the medications, the other possibilities are it is related to the infection you are being treated for, or that you have another condition which had not yet been diagnosed. It would be wise to be seen and fully evaluated for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?

Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?

Good question.: No risk for tick borne illness here. Is there any type of rash at the wound site? An embedded part of the tick would fester a little under the skin and may become a little red and painful until the skin pushes it out or it's broken down. If you have been washing it over and over or scratching it I'd say eczema, neurodermatitis or scabies it possible without any other rash or lesions. See doc. ...Read more

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Can tick bites be treated with penicillin?

Can tick bites be treated with penicillin?

Not exactly: Various infections may be spread following tick bites - the most common is lyme disease. Amoxicillin (not penicillin) is approved for treating confirmed cases of lyme disease when clinical disease is present. For a tick bite in areas with high amounts of lyme disease it is useful to take a single dose of Doxycycline within 3 days to prevent lyme. Amoxicillin is not approved for prevention. ...Read more

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If you had fatigue and aches after a tick bite, how long would it last- would you just keep getting worse until treated?

If you had fatigue and aches after a tick bite, how long would it last- would you just keep getting worse until treated?

That depends: We don't have much information. In some areas of the country Lyme Disease can occur.In the US tick bites have potential for transmitting a number of diseases: Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia miyamotoi, Colorado tick fever, Ehrlichiosism , Powassan disease, Heartland virus, Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), Tickborne relapsing ...Read more

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After being treated for a tick bite, is it normal go continue to itch in that same area.?

After being treated for a tick bite, is it normal go continue to itch in that same area.?

Possible: Tick bites can be very reactive. Depending on your particular sensitivity to bites, you could have itching for 2-3 weeks or more. Perhaps you should use some topical steroid cream and some antihistamines and an ice pack. If this persists, you should be seen, especially if there is rash that continues to get bigger, if there is streaking, heat or fever or enlarged lymph nodes. Don't hesitate! ...Read more

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I was bitten by a tick 10 days ago, been taking doxycycline hyc 100mg for 10 days.. The bite is still red and has the bulls eye sort of look...?

Go back to your doc: This may be lyme disease, although sometimes the tick bite itself can cause redness. You may need to be treated for lyme as what you're taking is not enough to treat lyme disease. You would need a higher dose of doxycyline. ...Read more

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A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

Tick Bite: Definitely see your doctor for follow-up. CDC recommends two-step testing. First step: EIA (enzyme immunoassay). If the EIA is negative, no further testing of the specimen. If the EIA is positive or possible, then a “Western blot” test is ordered. If ill 30 days, only the IgG blot is done. A positive diagnosis requires positive for both EIA and blot ...Read more

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Do I have a tick bite?

Do I have a tick bite?

ANYBODY'S guess: Do I have a vampire bite? Did you find a tick embedded in your skin? Do you have some sort of sore on your skin which you neglected to describe? ...Read more

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Can someone die from a tick bite?

Can someone die from a tick bite?

No: The bite of a tick is not fatal. Ticks can transmit diseases which can be serous or fatal but the bite itself is not fatal. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a tick bite?

Often not: Have you developed a rash in the area? Redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, warmth, or drainage? Any generalized body symptoms? ...Read more

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