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How To Treat Tick Bites On Humans
It depends...: ...On the tick. Deer ticks, for example, are often the carriers of the bacteria associated with lyme disease, a chronic and potentially debilitating condition associated with heart, joint and other difficulties. Wood ticks can carry the bacteria that cause rocky mountain spotted fever. Other tick bites are totally harmless and can cause only local irritation. Ultimately it depends on the tick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tick bite: If the tick is actually biting when you see it, it will be a small brown or black bug attached by his legs and mouthparts to your body. Black text are about 4 mm across or bigger and deer ticks or brown ticks about 3 mm across. After biting you may have a small growing red spot which itches somewhat for over subsequent days; you could actually develop a larger round spot. See a doctor immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tick granuloma?: You might have a tick-bite granuloma. It usually develops days or months after the bite and can take months to years to resolve. His might be caused by fragments of the tick still in your skin or might just have been a reaction to the tick’s saliva. Itching is not uncommon. Bacteria and parasites can often co-occur with ticks. ...Read more
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
Not exactly: Various infections may be spread following tick bites - the most common is lyme disease. Amoxicillin (not penicillin) is approved for treating confirmed cases of lyme disease when clinical disease is present. For a tick bite in areas with high amounts of lyme disease it is useful to take a single dose of Doxycycline within 3 days to prevent lyme. Amoxicillin is not approved for prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
No: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is used to treat some illnesses, such as lyme disease that are caused by tick bites. If a patient has a tick bite in an area of the country where lyme disease is common, some doctors have chosen to prescribe Doxycycline to possibly prevent lyme disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What is the best way to treat seed tick bites that have blistered? Currently using hydrocortisone cream.
Tick Bite: Thoroughly cleanse the bite area with soap and water or a mild disinfectant. Observe the area for several days for development of a reaction to the bite, such as a rash or signs of infection. Apply first-aid antibiotic cream to the area. Application of an antibiotic to the area may help prevent a local infection but usually does not affect the chance of developing diseases transmitted by the tick. ...Read more
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