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My 2 year old was bitten by a dear tick. 95% sure the bite was in last 12 hours. Clinic wants to give prophylactic erithromycin. Should we decline?
Anapsid.org/lyme: http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/removingticks.html (how to remove a tick). Using sharp pointed tweezers, or specially made tick tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, as close to its embedded mouthparts as you can. If you squeeze the body or head, you risk compressing the guts and salivary glands and expelling even more organisms through their mouth into ... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nervous habits: Many normal children have nervous habits. Common is rubbing nose, sniffing, clearing throat, as well as biting nails, picking nose , etc. Grimace and head toss and blinking are also common. These usually become less prominent with time. Rare cases may progress and become disruptive. These may meet criteria for tourette syndrome, but still may be able to be managed without medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Not sure what a "sand" tick is, but if it is in the tick family, then yes it can be harmful! ticks are well known to transmit disease, but fortunately most do not. If you have a tick bite and develop fever or if the skin at the site of the bite looks red, it would be a good idea to see your physician to be safe. As with any bite, clean the area well with soap and water. ...Read more
Pull up w/tweezers: 1/use fine-tip tweezers. Grasp tick closest as possible to skin. 2/pull upward steadily. Don't yank or twist. If mouth parts break off, remove mouth parts. If you can't, leave alone [don't dig] and let yourself heal. 3/clean area with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or iodine scrub. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Clean the area, keep tetanus up to date. 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
See below: They very 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
See below: The rec way is as follows: if available, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (if none, use a cloth or paper to protect your fingers). Pull straight up gently, steady pressure. Don't twist or jerk. Don't squeeze, crush or puncture the tick. Disinfect the skin afterward and wash hands. If any mouthparts remain, leave alone as they will be expelled spontaneously. ...Read more
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