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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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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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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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What are the signs of a tick bite?

Visual ID: Unless you see the tick, there is nothing specific; however, there is a typical rash called erythema migrans that gives a clue that a tick may have been there. ...Read more

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Are tick bites suppose to hurt?

Are tick bites suppose to hurt?

No: Ticks typically inject a compound that renders the bite area numb so that the person it's feeding from, won't know it's there. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tick bites?

What are symptoms of tick bites?

Various: The obvious is the red target rash seen at location of tick bite. Other patients experience joint aches and or fatigue. ...Read more

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Are tick bites dangerous to 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 more

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What's the best thing for tick bites?

What's the best thing for tick bites?

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

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How to prevent tick bites happening?

How to prevent tick bites happening?

Insect repellent: When out in "tick" country, use insect repellent. Most have deet which is a very effective repellent. ...Read more

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Do tick bites become raised welts?

Sometimes: Some tick bites can cause that reaction. ...Read more

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How long do tick bites take to heel?

How long do tick bites take to heel?

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

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Does tick bite fever cause blisters?

Does tick bite fever cause blisters?

See below: If you are referring to tick-borne relapsing fever (tbrf), then - no. Blisters are not associated with it as far as I can discern from then most recent reports. ...Read more

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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good for tick bites?

Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good for tick bites?

No not indicated: We don't treat tick bite with antibiotics and not with cipro (ciprofloxacin). ...Read more

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How long does the rash from a tick bite ;ast?

Depends: There are multiple diseases that can be transmitted by a tick bite. Lyme disease- the rash begins in 3-4 weeks and resolves over several weeks. Rocky mountain spotted fever-the rash begins after 14 days and usually resolves with 10 days of treatment. There are others........ ...Read more

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What should you do if a tick bites your penis?

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

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What will happen if a tick bites you on a new tattoo?

What will happen if a tick bites you on a new tattoo?

It may be more: Difficult to see skin reaction to bite - such as erythema. ...Read more

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How to treat a swollen penis from a bug or tick bite?

How to treat a swollen penis from a bug or tick bite?

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

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Can you suggest something to help with tick bite causing heart attack?

Can you suggest something to help with tick bite causing heart attack?

Tick: Tick bite doesn't generally cause a heart attack. It can cause lyme disease which can cause heart problems. These are treated by treating the lyme disease with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dental experts! What does it mean if I have a bruise around a tick bite?

Dental experts! What does it mean if I have a bruise around a tick bite?

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

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Is there anything other than the weil-felix test for late diagnosis of tick bites?

The weil-felix tests: Are for rickettsia and in this context rocky mountain spotted fever. Not a great test there more sensitive and specific tests. If one is suspected to have rmsf treatment is given before the diagnosis is confirmed. ...Read more

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Red raised pussy bump on child after tick bite 7 months ago. Gets larger even after draining well.

Red raised pussy bump on child after tick bite 7 months ago. Gets larger even after draining well.

Boil: This is probably staphylococcal and will need some antibiotic in addition to drainage. See a doctor and have this tended to before it becomes a severe problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should I still get a test done?

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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?

YES PLEASE DO!: Yes, a tick bite can lead to lime disease which can be vey debilitating - but can be treated preventatively with doxycyline and other meds. Please see your health care professional soon! ...Read more

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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.

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

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