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If A Tick Bite Bleed What Does It Mean
Tick Bite: Ticks are the leading carriers (vectors) of diseases to humans in the United States, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. It is not the tick bite but the toxins, secretions, or organisms in the tick's saliva transmitted through the bite that causes disease. Ticks transmit disease if they are on you more than 24 hours. A bleeding bite can be a sign of infection. ...Read more
No: The bulls eye lesion clooks just like it says - a bullseye- central redness then a rim of clearing then a larger rim of redness. Just like a bulls eye. ...Read more
Dental?!?: Ticks don't have teeth! A "bruise" around a tick "bite" could be the initial inflammatory reaction from a deer tick that is infected with lyme disease. Not every bite results in you will develop lyme disease. Speak to your physician about the symptoms and current guidelines for treatment. ...Read more
Could the red and white circles (bulls eye) around a tick bite mean anything other than Lyme disease?
Yes, BUT.: The bite of a tick itself won't kill you; an uninfected tick can't transmit disease. Almost all tick-borne illnesses are treatable with antibiotics if caught in time or treated shortly after the bite. Be vigilant about insect repellant (the CDC has good suggestions) and tick checks to minimize harm. ...Read more
Deer Tick Bites: Sometimes you cannot! A guy came into my office a couple of years ago with a mole on his back which I spotted under magnification as a tick. He said he thought the lesion had been there for years but it really had not. We removed it with a forceps in the recommended way, and he had no more problems. We searched diligently for other bites, but none were found. ...Read more
Infection or reactio: Sounds like you might have localized reaction to or possibly an infection from tick bite. Best to go see your Family Doc for appropriate treatment. Go to ER if fevers, headache, spreading rash, difficulty breathing etc. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/first-aid/first-aid-tick-bites/basics/art-20056671 for info on how to respond to tick bites. ...Read more
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
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
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 more
Can be: A bite from a tick that transmit diseases like lyme disease can present with a surrounding red ring that spreads out from the bite site. This is called erythema migrans and is the cardinal sign of a lyme disease infection. But there are other reasons why redness could present around stick bite site. The important point here is to be seen by a physician for evaluation and treatment as needed. ...Read more
Erythema Migrans: The rash may not be noticed at first, but will usually starts as a small spot that expands as a reddish-pink ring that can get quite large. This is associated with lyme disease, and if you think you may have this rash, even if you don't remember a tick bite, see your physician immediately. ...Read more
True tick bites: Are a concern as they can carry infections, so I would get into your doctor and have them removed and evaluated for any possible infection including lyme's disease ...Read more
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