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I found a engorged tick on my daughters head. I panicked and removed it with fingers super fast. My question is, should we go to the pediatrician?

I found a engorged tick on my daughters head. I panicked and removed it with fingers super fast. My question is, should we go to the pediatrician?

Yes: An engorged tick that has been present for 36 hours or more is a case that requires antibiotics. The tick is now likely dead and the other pieces will fall out on their own. See your doctor for antibiotic treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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Found tick on back of scalp, removed non-engorged tick. Now has tender pump where tick was removed. Live in florida should I see doctor for antibiotic?

Found tick on back of scalp, removed non-engorged tick. Now has tender pump where tick was removed. Live in florida should I see doctor for antibiotic?

Make an appointment.: It probably is not a problem, especially if the tick is not small, like the deer tick thtat can carry lyme disease. It might do good to put antibiotic ointment on it. If it does not go away or becomes a big rash or you still are concerned, a quick visit to the doctor, preferably with the tick if you still have it, is the best thing to do. ...Read more

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A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

A tick bit me 5 weeks ago. It was engorged, I removed it. 6 Six days later a bullseye rash developed. I saw a doctor and took doxycycline for 21 days. I still have a red bump where the tick was removed, should I see a doctor again?

Tick Bite: Definitely see your doctor for follow-up. CDC recommends two-step testing. First step: EIA (enzyme immunoassay). If the EIA is negative, no further testing of the specimen. If the EIA is positive or possible, then a “Western blot” test is ordered. If ill 30 days, only the IgG blot is done. A positive diagnosis requires positive for both EIA and blot ...Read more

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How do I properly remove a tick?

How do I properly remove a tick?

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 more

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How can I if a tick is completely removed--if i removed it with a lighted cigarette?

How can I if a tick is completely removed--if i removed it with a lighted cigarette?

Tick Removal: Don't remove ticks with a lit cigarette. The heat may cause release of infectious materials into your skin. Examine visually to ensure that mouthparts or head are no longer embedded. ...Read more

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Does a tick have to be engorged to transmit illness or make me sick and if the tick still flat am I ok I'm really worried thank u ?

Does a tick have to be engorged to transmit illness or make me sick and if the tick still flat am I ok I'm really worried thank u ?

Can transmit illness: A tick doesn't have to be engorged to transmit infections; being engorged means it was attached long enough to feed on you but it doesn't have to be on that long to transmit Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella,Anaplasma etc. I strongly advise finding a Lyme-literate Dr. for evaluation and treatment. See http://tinyurl.com/zhmusze Adequate doses of doxycycline can prevent Lyme but you may need other Rx too. ...Read more

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I've had 4 ticks bites but when got off they were not engorged should I be worried or needs meds lonestar tick would I have signs of illness ?

I've had 4 ticks bites but when got off they were not engorged should I be worried or needs meds lonestar tick would I have signs of illness ?

4 tick bites: Since there were so many and you may have inadvertently had others I would seek medical attention and get treated. In general I treat people with tick bites because the sequela can be so significant. Would also check lyme titers in now and in 6 weeks( unbeknown to you , you may have had previous bites and have titers-most lyme I saw never knew they had a bite. f/u/ w/ doc w/in 24 hours ...Read more

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Hi what we do if we got bit by tick and he remove it?

Hi what we do if we got bit by tick and he remove it?

Tick: If the tick has been on less than 24 hours, risk of lyme is extremely low. Simply use tweezers - grasp part of tick that is flush with skin and pull slowly but firmly. Clean area with alcohol ...Read more