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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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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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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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Dr. Martin Raff
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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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Dr. Laura McMullen
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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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Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld
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How long does itching last for tick bite?

How long does itching last for tick bite?

It depends: If no tick body parts are stuck under the skin, the itch usually is gone in under a week. If the head broke off, under the skin, and is not removed, the itch could last much longer, and the area could get infected. The head could be removed with help of a local anaesthetic. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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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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Dr. David Schleimer
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What can you use to treat itching and swelling of tick bites?

What can you use to treat itching and swelling of tick bites?

Ointment/Benadryl: For localized itching and swelling Benadryl (diphenhydramine 25 mg) can be used, or application of 1% Hydrocortisone ointment. ...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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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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