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I have an infected tick bite. Will cephalexin help?

I have an infected tick bite. Will cephalexin help?

Tick bite: The treatment of a given tick exposure will depend on the length of attachment, the type of tick, the diseases that are seen in the community, and the symptoms developed by the person. Specific medical treatment depends on the pathogen(s) transmitted in the tick bite. For example, in adults, if one suspects lyme disease, Doxycycline or Amoxicillin or Cefuroxime axetil, or emycin (erythromycin) is used. ...Read more

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Can you use cephalexin on tick bites?

Can you use cephalexin on tick bites?

No: If this is a tick bite that may pose a risk for lyme disease then Doxycycline is the drug of choice. Any risk from using this medicine far outweighs the risk one would have form contracting lyme disease. ...Read more

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Is cephalexin used to treat tick bites?

Is cephalexin used to treat tick bites?

No: It would be unusual for a tick bite to get infected and require cephalexin. There are infections that can be transmitted by the ticks themselves, but Cephalexin wouldn't treat them. ...Read more

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What does an infected tick bite look ike?

What does an infected tick bite look ike?

No different: There is no way to tell infected vs noninfected deer tick bites by merely looking at them. However, if you see the typical bulls-eye rash, think lyme disease. All deer tick bites should assume to carry the lyme organism and should be treated with Doxycycline without waiting for blood test results or clinical lyme symptoms. ...Read more

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Im taking doxycycline and ciprofloxacin together after getting an infected tick bite in Zimbabwe. now have foot pain, swelling and cramping. reaction?

Im taking doxycycline and ciprofloxacin together after getting an infected tick bite in Zimbabwe. now have foot pain, swelling and cramping. reaction?

Possibly: It is possible it is a reaction to one of the medications, the other possibilities are it is related to the infection you are being treated for, or that you have another condition which had not yet been diagnosed. It would be wise to be seen and fully evaluated for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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7 pp c-section, taking cephalexin, cleaned my house, it leaked little blood. 2day it's red, bit swollen, no pain or fever. Doc appt fri. Infected?

Doubtful: Could be a small hematoma. If it is infected Cephalexin should cover most pathogens. Overall hard to tell though without looking at it. ...Read more

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What does a tick bite look like on a human?

What does a tick bite look like on a human?

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 more

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How long should it take a tick bite to heal?

Tick bite: It should take 1-2 weeks for it to heal completely. If it develops a ring around it, see your doctor immediately because that can be a sign of lyme disease. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do I look for after a tick bite?

Depends on...: Which disease one is looking for. The first symptoms of spotted fever are fever and headache occurring a couple of days after the bite, the rash usually start 2-3 days after fever. The first signs of lyme is usually the circular target shaped rash at the bite site. If the tick has fed for less than a day, risk of transmission of these diseases is quite small. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a tick bite to heal?

How long should it take for a tick bite to heal?

FEW DAYS TO WEEKS: It depends if tick was removed completely or some parts were left under the skin and if the tick were crrier of lyme disease, which can cause rash which may last linger. If part of tick was left under the skin it gives a forign body reaction and it may take longer to heal. ...Read more

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What to do about a tick bite with tick still there?

What to do about a tick bite with tick still there?

See below: Remove the tick carefully, clean the area, then watch for signs of tick-borne illnesses. If any occur, see your doctor. It usually takes about 2-3 days of attachment for the tick to transmit the disease it may carry. If it was on for less than that time, the likelihood of transmission is very low. ...Read more

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What to do if i got a tick bite and just noticed now, what should I do?

Go see your MD: When ever you get a tick bite and question what type it is..Try and actually bring the tick to your doctor. Lyme disease is caused by a very small deer tick compared to the much much larger dog ticks. You should have titres drawn by your primary care just in case. Lyme disease is now prevalent in many areas of the us including the la region where you live. ...Read more

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I have been having this tick bite on my back since this summer. What should I do?

Old tick bite: Do you have a bump there? No tick there now? Could be a tick granuloma - don't necessarily need to do anything about it. If bothers you, see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can I have an allergic reaction to a tick bite?

Tick bite allergy: Hello, our immune system reacts typically after it has been exposed to a particular allergen or trigger in the past. After the first exposure, we activate one part of the immune system so that the next time we are exposed, we have developed antibodies to protect us from the exposure. So, yes you could be allergic or you are showing a possible reaction to lymes disease. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have an allergic reaction to a tick bite?

Can you have an allergic reaction to a tick bite?

Yes: Yes, but not an anaphylactic reaction to the tick bite. Usually it is only an itchy local reaction. This is a sign that you are developing an allergy to a component of the tick saliva. It is common for the bite site to itch for several months. It is not a sign of infection. This can set you up to develop other allergies. For more information check out the "healthguide" " delayed meat allergy...". ...Read more

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What is the difference between hives and a tick bite?

What is the difference between hives and a tick bite?

Hives last < 1 day: Hives & insect bites itch but otherwise are very different. Bites last for days. A hive fades away in hours although it may be replaced by other hives. Tick bites are usually solitary; you'll usually have a lot of hives. Bites are red, raised, hot & hard. There may be two indentations close together where the tick inserted its teeth. Hives are raised, warm with pale centers and red edges. ...Read more

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Tick Bite (Definition)

Occurs upon experiencing a bite from a tick. A circular rash at the site of a tick bite may be a sign of ...Read more