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My child has a weird circular rash after getting a tick bite. Is this something I should be concerned about?

My child has a weird circular rash after getting a tick bite. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Yes: A rash around a tick bite should be evaluated promptly. It may be a local reaction or a sign of lyme disease. If you cannot see your pediatrician immediately, take several good pics of the rash, especially if it is changing rapidly. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Treatment for a tick bite that has no big rash?

Treatment for a tick bite that has no big rash?

Depends: On whether you have any other symptoms that could be associated with a tick-borne illness. If no symptoms, then no treatment is needed. If unsure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Circular rash at the site of a tick bite?

What is the definition or description of: Circular rash at the site of a tick bite?

Lyme Disease: Sometimes Lyme disease may cause a red, radial rash
that is clear in the center. This is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi infection. ...Read more

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My child has a weird circular rash after getting a tick bite. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Yes: A rash around a tick bite should be evaluated promptly. It may be a local reaction or a sign of lyme disease. If you cannot see your pediatrician immediately, take several good pics of the rash, especially if it is changing rapidly. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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 ...Read more

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How long do tick bite rashes last?

How long do tick bite rashes last?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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Tick bite rash lasts how long?

Tick bite rash lasts how long?

Tick bite: A tick-bite granuloma usually develops days or months after the bite and can take months to years to resolve. His might be caused by fragments of the tick still in your skin or might just have been a reaction to the tick’s saliva. Itching is not uncommon. Bacteria and parasites can often co-occur with ticks. ...Read more

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Why is there a rash around a tick bite?

Why is there a rash around a tick bite?

Lyme: A rash around a tick bite, especially if its a target like red rash and you live in part of the country where lyme is common, is essentially diagnostic of infection with lyme disease. A relatively short course of oral antibiotics (doxycycline is usually best) will easily get rid of this. ...Read more

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How long until rash from tick bite goes away?

See below: Depends on the type of rash and illness associated with the rash. More information is needed here. Lyme disease present differently from rocky mountain spotted fever or erlichiosis, babesiosis, etc. ...Read more

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Treatment for a tick bite that has no big rash?

Depends: On whether you have any other symptoms that could be associated with a tick-borne illness. If no symptoms, then no treatment is needed. If unsure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

14 days: The bullseye rash of lyme disease takes about 14 days to show up. You could have an allergic reaction to a bug bite that will develop within a day. Infection from a bite, not lyme disease, starts getting worse after about 2-3 days. ...Read more

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How long after a tick bite would it take for her to develop a rash?

How long after a tick bite would it take for her to develop a rash?

3-28 days: A tick bite can transmit the organism that causes lyme, which can lead to a characteristic circular rash around the tick bite, beginning a few days to a few weeks after the exposure. Early treatment of Lyme disease with antibiotics is important to prevent complications of late Lyme disease. ...Read more

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10 days after tick bite. Bite healed but around it is a rash and is very red.

10 days after tick bite. Bite healed but around it is a rash and is very red.

Bullseye rash?: It is common for the area immediately around the bite to be red, but if there is a clear area around that surrounded by a red ring that is a sure sign of Lyme. A single dose of doxycycline after 10 days would be worthless. ILADS (the association of Lyme specialists) recommends 200 mg of doxycycline 2x/day for 30 days. A tick bite can also cause Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia & other infections. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg. How can I tell if it is from a bite? I'm particularly concerned about a tick bite.

I have a rash on my leg. How can I tell if it is from a bite? I'm particularly concerned about a tick bite.

See a doctor: Tick bites can cause Lyme disease and early treatment is important. See a doctor and ask about doxycycline. The classic rash is target shaped with a pink expanding ring and clear center. ...Read more

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How long does the rash from a tick bite ;ast?

How long does the rash from a tick bite ;ast?

Depends: There are multiple diseases that can be transmitted by a tick bite. Lyme disease- the rash begins in 3-4 weeks and resolves over several weeks. Rocky mountain spotted fever-the rash begins after 14 days and usually resolves with 10 days of treatment. There are others........ ...Read more

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I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should I still get a test done?

I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should I still get a test done?

Get Rx & blood test!: A bullseye rash around a tick bite is considered proof of lyme disease.If you do not have symptoms yet, you almost certainly will over time. It takes time for a blood test to turn positive & you should not wait for this; the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome. Many lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day for a month to be safe. Also get tested for co-infections like babesia. ...Read more

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I have a red raised rash from a recent tick bite, could this be lyme?

I have a red raised rash from a recent tick bite, could this be lyme?

Yes: Many disesases are spread by tick bites. The lyme disease rash of erythema migrans typically causes a large "bulls eye" or annular rash at the bite site. Southern tick associated rash illness has a similar rash but its smaller and commonly on the trunk. You can also get a bacterial superinfection of a tick bite. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Discovered a rash 24-48 hours after a tick bite (size 10-15 cm). Doctor prescribed Penicillin for 10 days. No other symptoms. Is the prognosis good?

Discovered a rash 24-48 hours after a tick bite (size 10-15 cm). Doctor prescribed Penicillin for 10 days. No other symptoms. Is the prognosis good?

Likely: It all depends on how long the Tick was attached and if the rash was typical for erythema marginatum. Typically if there is strong suspicion for tick disease the antibiotic used is Doxycycline, unless there is an allergy.
There is an excellent web site at the CDC that reviews management. Blood work is always available to look for Lyme disease. ...Read more

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I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

Not just Lyme: Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases (e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi), or else, the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick. ...Read more

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What specific test to request to diagnosis late stage Lyme and/or co-infections, untreated tick bite rash 6 years ago? Can these tests be ordered by my PCP?

What specific test to request to diagnosis late stage Lyme and/or co-infections, untreated tick bite rash 6 years ago? Can these tests be ordered by my PCP?

Lyme: Lyme western blot is sufficient. You don't need to look for other co-infection tick borne illnesses such as ehrlichia or babesia since they are short incubation period and have no long term effects, unlike Lyme which may cause rarely chronic problems ...Read more

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About two months ago I got a tick bite between my toes. It still has flareups of itchiness at random intervals (days to weeks between). It turns red when scratched, but there is no rash or other known symptoms. Could it be scarred tissue?

About two months ago I got a tick bite between my toes. It still has flareups of itchiness at random intervals (days to weeks between). It turns red when scratched, but there is no rash or other known symptoms. Could it be scarred tissue?

Just a thought: But the area between the toes COLLECTS DIRT like a MAGNET...clean the area daily with a soft Q TIP (Cotton swab) You may want to also swab withan OTC (Over the Counter) cortisone cream! Try this for a week-10 days. If this does not resolve your problem you need a "hand on" examination. ...start with your PCP or Family Physician!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can a slightly raised rash that is brightly red with a hint of small pus be a tick bite? It is not itchy.

Can a slightly raised rash that is brightly red with a hint of small pus be a tick bite? It is not itchy.

Dose look like this: Picture?
If it look like the picture, most likely is a tick bite.
Wash it with anti-septic. If you son developed any fever or joint pain or flu like symptoms call the doctor and check it out. ...Read more

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15 month old had tick bite 10 days ago. Today very tearful and vomited once. No fever. No rash. Maybe teething. Can vomiting be due to tick?

15 month old had tick bite 10 days ago. Today very tearful and vomited once. No fever. No rash. Maybe teething. Can vomiting be due to tick?

No rash, no disease: Without the rash, there was no transmission of infectious material and thus, the current fever and irritability are not from any tic Bourne illness. Look for another reason for the symptoms ...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?

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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Could a tick bite develop a hematoma instead of a rash? Got bitten in Cuba by some insect and got an egg sized hematoma. Doctor didn't think it could. But 3 weeks exhausted and now neck stiffness!

Could a tick bite develop a hematoma instead of a rash? Got bitten in Cuba by some insect and got an egg sized hematoma. Doctor didn't think it could. But 3 weeks exhausted and now neck stiffness!

Possible infection: Tick bite do not always cause a rash, and in theory, any insect bite or trauma could cause a hematoma. Your description suggests a possible infection. Please see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate treatment ...Read more

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Does blood clot at tick bite site?

Does blood clot at tick bite site?

It depends: If the tick is still attached, the tick will be secreting enzymes so the blood does not clot and you don't feel the tick bite. Once it has detached, the normal response of the body would be to start clotting. If your blood is slow to clot and you have other symptoms such as bleeding gums after brushing your teeth or easy bruising, you should probably be evaluated by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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The deer tick bite site is itching and inflamed again 2 months after a 30-day antibiotic treatment. Is this cause for concern?

The deer tick bite site is itching and inflamed again 2 months after a 30-day antibiotic treatment. Is this cause for concern?

Get it checked: If this is truly the same site as the original, you should get it checked out. Best to revisit the same doctor involved with your first treatment for comparison sake. ...Read more

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After tick bite 3.2cmx2cm NON-red lump appeared at site of bite. Been there 3mos. Neg lyme dz, had sono, not hernia or lymph node. My 6yo son. Scared?

After tick bite 3.2cmx2cm NON-red lump appeared at site of bite. Been there 3mos. Neg lyme dz, had sono, not hernia or lymph node. My 6yo son. Scared?

Granuloma?: Did US mention any calcium deposits in lump? May be a granuloma. Harmless. Can be removed surgically if unsightly or painful. Might way to talk to plastic or derm surgeon if considering removal. Best of luck with this. ...Read more

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What does tick bite look like?

What does tick bite look like?

See below: They vary in appearance, but often, the bite will often go unnoticed. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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What does a tick bite look like?

Insect bite: Ticks are insects and leave bite marks. You may see head parts in the skin if not the whole body lodged in the skin. Initially, a tick bite could cause a small area of redness and swelling and bruising. The developing rash could be rounded and can extend outward in days to weeks and could indicate lyme disease. ...Read more

Tick Bite (Definition)

Occurs upon experiencing a bite from a tick. A circular rash at the site of a tick bite may be a sign of ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more