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Itchy Tick Bite
Depends: Anti-itch medicines couch as benedryl can help but you need to watch for other symptoms as well like rashes around the bite, signs of secondary infection and other symptoms of tick-borne illness. If you are concerned, see you primary doctor. ...Read more
Tick bite- turned black and itchy (5 days old). I pulled the tick out all the way, and there are no other symptoms or discoloration. Cause 4 concern?
Remove: First i would make sure the tick is removed. The best way is to grasp with a pair of tweezers and pull straight out. Once out, if the are is red, i would apply a topical steroid cream, Hydrocortisone is available otc. Be on the lookout for a red ring around the tick bite, as this can be a signal that you could have lyme disease from the tick. If you suspect this see your doctor. Dr. Lana long. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sounds like: it is infected PLUS Tick bites may be the first indication for LYME infection...Antibiotics may be needed. Suggest you consult with your Family or Primary Care Provider. A simple blood test is helpful so a "hands on" consultation is suggested! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
I have had a large (3" diameter) itchy purple bruise develop around a tick bite within 24 hours. Should I be worried about Lyme?
I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.
Tick borne illnesses: include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply inflammation; an expanding, red area of tenderness can be cellulitis (a skin infection, often caused by staph bacteria). If it is worsening or you develop a fever, please seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I got a tick bite about 3 months ago and still have a red itchy spot. Is this normal? No bulls eye or other symptoms.
Dry itchy patches of skin on inner thigh, armpits and ankle (not itchy yet). Is this due to a recent tick bite? What is going on and what to expect?tx
About two months ago I got a tick bite between my toes. It still has flareups of itchiness at random intervals (days to weeks between). It turns red when scratched, but there is no rash or other known symptoms. Could it be scarred tissue?
Just a thought:
but the area between the toes COLLECTS DIRT like a MAGNET...clean the area daily with a soft Q TIP (Cotton swab) You may want to also swab withan OTC (Over the Counter) cortisone cream! Try this for a week-10 days ..if this does not resolve your problem you need a "hand on" examination ....start with your PCP or Family Physician!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
Can a slightly raised rash that is brightly red with a hint of small pus be a tick bite? It is not itchy.
I have a tick bite 6 months old, it still goes through periods of intense itchiness. It developed scar tissue under my skin. Cause for concern?
See below: If you we're treated appropriately for a suspected tick- borne illness, then the tick illness should be gone, but, you may have developed an are of hypersensitivity at the bite and the more you scratch, the worse it may become. The skin may be becoming lichenified or simply scarred as you you described. See you doctor for an evaluation as "rashes" are very difficult to diagnose without viewing. ...Read more
Should I go to the doctor for a tick bite? Very small Tick removed 2 days ago. Red itchy rash at site of tick bite. Applied cortisone cream.
See DR: Tiny tick= risk for Lyme disease. You have a local reaction to the tick. There is good evidence for using a single dose of antibiotic, typically 200mg Doxycycline (I prefer minocycline) within 48 hrs after discovery of a deer tick to prevent Lyme. You need to be alert and ready for possible Lyme during the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately the blood tests are not reliable and sometimes the primary erytm ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi. A tick bit me last week Thursday. It’s still red and itchy. Can Fucidin or phenergan help. I’m a 36 year old female. I’m in South Africa and read that lyme disease is in Europe and America. Would tick bite fever cause fatigue?
When should I go to the dr? I suspect tick bite (red itchy rash al over, headache, sore and stiff neck, aching joints, tired and bite mark on my leg)
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Why do tick bites occasionally cause the bite area to become inflamed and itchy long after removing the tick?
Irritants in saliva: As the tick feeds to obtain a blood meal, some of its saliva is injected into the human or animal it is attached to. Components of the saliva can be irritants and cause an inflammatory reaction, even after removal of the tick. Tick bites, like other puncture wounds can occasionally become infected also. And, in areas of deer ticks, the bite area has to monitored for the lyme disease rash. ...Read more
2 dog tick bites, ticks removed. 3-4 weeks ago. Doxycyline hyclate 6 days. Bites still red, itchy, inflamed, oozing. Can't see derm for 2 months. Help?
2 tick bites, 3-4 weeks old, itchy, oozing, inflamed. On oral antibiotic but not helping. Pcp says he doesn't know. Dermatologist booking 1-2 months.
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer