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After one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should I do?

After one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should I do?

Steroid: Rub in a steroid cream. You may have a tube for poison ivy. Otc Hydrocortisone 1% is weak but may be enough. Don't be afraid to rub in several times a day. No need to wash before or after. If not ok in a week, see a dermatologist. Avoid antiseptics and antibiotics.If you have Bacitracin or neosporin do not use on this. Peroxide or alcohol will make it worse. Do not use a bandage. ...Read more

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Tick Bite (Definition)

Watch for the symptoms of tick-borne diseases in the weeks following a tick bite -- muscle or joint aches, stiff neck, headache, weakness, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and other flu-like symptoms. Watch for a red spot or rash starting at the ...Read more


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Do I have lme disease? I got a tick bite on my upper thigh about half a year ago. It spread to other parts of my legs, itches a lot, but i don't have any of the other symptoms. I misspelld: the question is do I have Lyme diease?

The : The rash associated with lyme disease is called erythema migrans and it looks like a target or bulls-eye. It usually starts at the site of the tick bite 3-30 days after the bite (average 7 days) and then can spread to other parts of the body. The rash typically doesn't last more than a month and is rarely itchy. An itchy rash appearing 6 months after a tick bite would not be related to lyme disease. Other kinds of ticks can spread other organisms besides lyme such as "southern tick associated rash illness" or rocky mountain spotted fever, so if you think you have an abnormal rash related to a previous tick bite, contact your doctor. Below i've attached a website with tons of good information on lyme disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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If after a tick bites you and there is a little red bump that itches sometimes, is that okay?

If after a tick bites you and there is a little red bump that itches sometimes, is that okay?

Usually OK: Foreign proteins from the tick's saliva can cause a mild allergic reaction, resulting in an itchy bump, a tick bite granuloma, that may take a month to flatten. This is not the rash of lyme disease, and is not a cause for worry. There are prescription creams that can flatten this bump faster. ...Read more

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What can relieve itching from tick bites?

What can relieve itching from tick bites?

See below: Use Benadryl and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. The Benadryl can reduce the itch and the Hydrocortisone can reduce the inflammation. ...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?

See below: Hard to say as there are many tick borne illnesses and you did not specify which one your were treated for. I would assume lyme disease but a large number of lyme carrying ticks also carry other illnesses like erlichiosis or babesiosis. Babesiosis is treated with different medicines and erlichiosis is treated with similar medicines except if you were treated with amox, then - not work in erlichi. ...Read more

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I have a tick bite on my scrotum. Its left a red bump and sometimes itches, is this serious?

I have a tick bite on my scrotum. Its left a red bump and sometimes itches, is this serious?

Possibly: Ticks can carry numerous diseases, including rocky mountain spotted fever, lyme disease, borrelia infections, and others. If you develop other symptoms see a doctor asap. If this rash begins to spread outward or resembles a target, go and get treated for lyme disease. Good luck. ...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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How long after a tick bite might it take for symptoms to appear if you got something from it? It was attached at least 24 hours.

How long after a tick bite might it take for symptoms to appear if you got something from it? It was attached at least 24 hours.

Varies: Depending upon the type of tick, the region of the country and the type of disease you may be concerned about the incubation period may be as long as 10-14 days. Talking about rocky mt. Spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, lyme disease, babesiosis, california encephalitis, some forms of borrellia and other infections, in addition to tick paralysis. This could take a book to answer. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

Itch is also known as Itching. Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more


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