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How Do You Treat Infection From Tick Bite
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a mosquito or spider bite infection vs a tick bite infection?
Limited space: Though spider, tick or mosquito bites can sometimes cause infection, the vast majority of them will not. A limited local inflammatory response can be expected from any of these. Symptoms exceeding this should be examined by a physician. 'spider bites' have become a common er complaint over the last several years, when in fact most of these are skin abscesses. ...Read more
I have a large painful lump on the back of my head. May be my occipital lymph node inflamed but not sure. hx of tick bite, ear infection, 19 weeks IUP?
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?
Tick bite: After safe removal of tick, wash hands & wound with soap & hot water. Can relieve pain by use of ice pack. Garlic can be eaten or applied to wound to hasten healing. Tea tree oil relieves itching. Seek medical attention if you develop bullseye (red circle), rash, fever or emesis. Triamcinolone cream is sometimes prescribed to hasten healing. ...Read more
Tick bite: Before seeking medical attention, you should note the appearance and characteristics of the tick and remove it with fine tweezers, being careful not to rupture the abdomen (if engorged). If bitten by a deer tick, your doctor will either observe and treat if symptoms/signs of disease develop or treat immediately with preventive antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tick bite: Speaking for the United States, tick bites are usually in one of two varieties: either the black tick or the brown tick. The former is larger than the latter. The trouble is the brown tick may cause lyme disease and should be taken very seriously. If a rash develops outside the bite site then you should see a doctor immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I would be: Inclined to encourage you to get this medically evaluated as it may not be a tick or bug bite on that location. ...Read more
Is a doctor able treat you for Lyme disease if the testing is negative but there are symptoms of Lyme and a tick bite 20 years ago?
Lyme disease: If testing is truly negative then no reason to treat. ...Read more
Tick bite: After a tick bite, individuals may develop any of these symptoms that may be due to the organism that the tick transmits during its bite: flu-like symptoms, fever, numbness, rash (these vary according to the pathogen transmitted by the tick), confusion, weakness, pain and swelling in the joints, palpitations, paralysis, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting. ...Read more
Very hard: Unless you see the tick attach to the skin, no tests exist that either identify tick bites or the type of tick once the tick dislodges from the host's body. ...Read more
Tick bite: Ticks are insects that need to suck blood to survive - to do that they can puncture through the skin, and if it's a sensitive area, there could be some pain involved. Usually it is quite minor, unless the site becomes infected and then it could hurt more. I would recommend to show this to a doctor - they can evaluate for infection or other complications from a tick bite. ID doctors can be helpful. ...Read more
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