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Is Cephalexin Can Be Used For Tick Bites
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
...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 more
Removal: Careful removal of the tick, followed, if necessary, by a steroid cream or ointment to reduce the inflammation and itching. Would not use antibiotics unless you get secondary infection, or develop signs and symptoms of a tick-borne infection (fever, rash, malaise, etc.). If that occurs see a doctor asap. Would not recommend prophylactic antibiotics. ...Read more
May take long: Some tick bites may lead to lyme disease, and on many occasions, the insect's jaws or even a head could remain lodged in the skin and cause a persistent skin reaction - have a physician check it out closely, especially as lyme disease can lead to serious arthritis flares. ...Read more
Watch: Remove the tick if required by the right means. Report any fever or systemic illness to your physician with a note that you had a tick bite. Watch for reddening at the site especially if rings form -- this would be lyme disease. Don't let this mishap keep you from enjoying the outdoors but consider wearing some repellant. Good luck. ...Read more
It may be more: Difficult to see skin reaction to bite - such as erythema. ...Read more
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
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
Red raised pussy bump on child after tick bite 7 months ago. Gets larger even after draining well.
Can a tick bite on the back of the head cause a nearby lymph node to swell up and become bone hard?
Yes, it possibly: Could. I would wait and see if it softens over time. IIf it does not, see a Dr. ...Read more
I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should I still get a test done?
Get Rx & blood test!: A bullseye rash around a tick bite is considered proof of lyme disease.If you do not have symptoms yet, you almost certainly will over time. It takes time for a blood test to turn positive & you should not wait for this; the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome. Many lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day for a month to be safe. Also get tested for co-infections like babesia. ...Read more
Tick bite 2 weeks ago, no sign of it anymore. Muscles are very sore today. Thoughts? Am I okay? Was in WI at the time of bite.
See doc.: Depends on how long the tick was attached, and other things, especially the type of tick. There are several tick-borne illnesses that you can get in Wisconsin, so it is worth it to get checked ASAP if you are having unusual symptoms. ...Read more
How likely are you going to get lyme disease from tick bites in the UK? What are the real risks? Is overgrown garden a risk too?
Interesting question: Lyme disease has wide distribution in the USA but I am not aware of it being prevalent in the UK. I have been in practice for 50 years and have treated many patients who are world travelers without any of them coming back from the UK with Lyme disease. You might want to call the local medical society in your region if you are still concerned. I have traveled through out England without any concern ...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
My son had a tick bite. I had to carefully remove it. Head and all and put alcohol to clean, neosporin and itch cream will it be ok?
Simple Care: When our protective skin is injured/opened, then the delicate internal environment is exposed to the harsh external environment. Covering it with a clean dressing is the way to go changing it every other day or so. Avoid scratching. Anti-itch creams help. Also, stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things. ...Read more
My partner may have a tick bite on his back, it looked like it, I pooled it out, the arear is red and a bit swollen, do s hi need to se a doctor?
I was in forest yesterday and checked myself, but now have cyst-looking pimple on neck. Could it be a tick bite? I get cysts but usually hairline.
It could be: Almost all insects bite leave a small cysts like pimple but often ticks leave the head in the lesion. You can be tested but only by reputable labs. ...Read more
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