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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

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...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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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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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

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin 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


Tick Bite (Definition)

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