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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.

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

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may possibly be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...Read more

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Could you get Lyme disease from a mosquito? I've been bite numerous times while sleeping and have a bullseye rash on my arm.

Lyme is from ticks: Mosquitoes don't transmit Lyme only ticks can do that. If you have a bulls eye rash though that could very well be Lyme. Sometimes the ticks are so unbelievably small u can't see them. It looks like u live in New England and it's summer so I consider it peak Lyme season. If the rash is bigger than 5 cm in diameter and is expanding it's probably Lyme. Show it to an MD and get some antibiotics pls! ...Read more

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May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

May mosquitoes carry Lyme disease?

No: Lime disease is caused by a bacteria that is spread by infected ticks. That tick must attach and feed on a person long enough that the germ is passed thru the bite. ...Read more

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Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Lyme disease from chigger bites, related?

Chiggers in North: America are not disease vectors to humans. ...Read more

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Can I get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Maybe: If you truly have lyme disease, an infection....It is transmitted to humans by the bite of a deer tick. It's important that many other types of ticks exist and bite...And do not cause lyme disease. ...Read more

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Does ring around tick bite always mean Lyme disease?

Does ring around tick bite always mean Lyme disease?

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

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Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling, joint pain, and cardiac (heart) symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for tick bite to actually cause Lyme disease?

How long does it take for tick bite to actually cause Lyme disease?

Days to months: It takes just days for a bite from the deer tick to result in sin lesions, but weeks to months to develop arthritis or neurological disorders. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a tick bite has turned into Lyme disease or something?

Other symptoms: In lyme disease, there is usually a "bull's-eye" rash at the site of the tick bite, but this is often missed. Symptoms of more advanced lyme disease can include arthritis, neurological problems, and heart problems. Blood tests can sometimes be helpful in making the distinction. Living in pa, if you had a bite and a rash, treatment for early lyme may be appropriate. Otherwise discuss with your md. ...Read more

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How long after a tick bite would you start to see symptoms of Lyme disease?

How long after a tick bite would you start to see symptoms of Lyme disease?

1-2 weeks: If the tick was carrying the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and the bacteria was transmitted via the bite then most individuals will develop a flu like illness with fevers and muscle pains within a week or two. About half will also develop a bullseye rash at the site of the bite. ...Read more

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Today I got bitten by a tick, what are the chances that I have Lyme disease?

See below: If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted lyme disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Can I get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

Can I get Lyme disease from a cat bite?

No: Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks. Deer tick bites can transmit the lyme disease not cat bites. Pasturella infections are often times associated with cat bites and can progress very rapidly, they are treated with penicillin. ...Read more

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Does a second tick have to bite for Lyme disease to reoccur

See below: Yes. Once lyme disease has been treated with the proper meds, the disease is cured. To get the disease again, another tick would have to bite and transmit the disease. ...Read more

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How do I know if my tick bit is associated with Lyme disease?

How do I know if my tick bit is associated with Lyme disease?

Symptoms after bite: About half the time one will get a bulls-eye rash, a red ring surrounding the bite, appearing 3-30 days after the bite. This is a clear sign of lyme. Also, lyme usually causes flu-like symptoms like muscle aches, fever and headache within days of the bite. Be aware that ticks may carry other infections besides lyme, such as babesia, bartonella, ehrlichiosis and rocky mountain spotted fever. ...Read more

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My tick or bug bit is getting puffier and larger. Is this possible Lyme disease?

Anything Possible: Does not sound like erythema chronicum migrans, the classic lyme disease eruption, but that is often followed by a non-descript rash. If this is tender, painful, warm to touch and you have any associated symptoms, please go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it that I never got Lyme disease from a tick even though I was bit by one?

Why is it that I never got Lyme disease from a tick even though I was bit by one?

Several reasons: If it was a wood tick, it does not carry lyme. Not all deer ticks are infected. The tick must be attached for 12 hours or so to infect a person. ...Read more

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Does it ever happen that a child have a bullseye bite mark and not have Lyme disease?

NO!!!: A true bullseye rash, known as erythema chronic migrans, is considered pathognomonic of lyme- meaning it alone is sufficient evidence to diagnose l:yme.
It is imperative to treat lyme aggressively as soon as possible to prevent chronic infections, ideally for a month.
See
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/erythema_chronicum_migrans & http://www. Lymenet. Org/burrguide200810.Pdf (see page 18 & 19). ...Read more

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Why is a tick bite called Lyme disease?

Bite can lead to LD: Tick bites may transmit a variety of illnesses if the tick has been infected with a germ that uses the tick as a carrier. Rocky mountain spotted fever, tick bite fever & lime disease are some of the diseases that can be passed by ticks. Not all ticks carry diseases and not all bites will pass the germ. ...Read more

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Will a tick bite always produce a red ring or a guarantee of Lyme disease?

No: Only deer ticks carry the lyme organism, wood ticks do not. Not all deer ticks are infected. The characteristic rash is sometimes easy to miss. ...Read more

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Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause Lyme disease?

Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause Lyme disease?

Yes: Insect repellents are always a good idea to help prevent insect bites including ticks. ...Read more

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What to do if I just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. Will I get Lyme disease?

What to do if I just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. Will I get Lyme disease?

See details: Not unless it is a deer tick and has been attached to your skin for several hours and is engorged with blood. ...Read more

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Daughter just diagnosed with Lyme disease 5 years after bite. Has had numerous symptoms. Wondering what treatment should be.?

Physician eval: Likely would require course of antibiotics but best have an evaluation by a physician with experience in cases like this. ...Read more

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What if you were bit on your head by a tick and could not see any ring or anything. How do u know if u got Lyme disease from it or not.

What if you were bit on your head by a tick and could not see any ring or anything. How do u know if u got Lyme disease from it or not.

Many ways: First you can rum Lyme disease test to see if it is positive or not.

second you can watch the patient for any symptoms that could suggest Lyme disease.

third some physician might start the patient on medication for prophylaxis reason. ...Read more

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What does a tick bite look like and what does it look like if its Lyme disease and what are the symptoms got bit a month ago and spot still there?

What does a tick bite look like and what does it look like if its Lyme disease and what are the symptoms got bit a month ago and spot still there?

Appearance varies: A tick bite can be invisible after the tick detaches, or leave a red spot. When lyme is in the tick, often (but not always) a red rash spreads out in a circle (can be other shapes too) and is often clearing from the center outward. Called a "bull's eye" rash because of its appearance. ...Read more

Mosquito Bite (Definition)

Mosquito bites usually are not very visible on skin unless there is an allergic reaction or an infection following the bite. Allergic reaction will cause a redness white an infection may ...Read more