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I have a red raised rash from a recent tick bite, could this be lyme?

I have a red raised rash from a recent tick bite, could this be lyme?

Yes: Many disesases are spread by tick bites. The lyme disease rash of erythema migrans typically causes a large "bulls eye" or annular rash at the bite site. Southern tick associated rash illness has a similar rash but its smaller and commonly on the trunk. You can also get a bacterial superinfection of a tick bite. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Raised Rash (Definition)

Raised rash is one, which are palpable or felt by fingers. The different types of raised rashes are: papules (like a pimple), pustular (containing pus as in scabies), vesicular (containing fluid like chicken pox), or a patch with margins such as in psoriasis. The nature of the rash gives us clues ...Read more


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Can a slightly raised rash that is brightly red with a hint of small pus be a tick bite? It is not itchy.

Can a slightly raised rash that is brightly red with a hint of small pus be a tick bite? It is not itchy.

Dose look like this : Picture? If it look like the picture, most likely is a tick bite. Wash it with anti-septic. If you son developed any fever or joint pain or flu like symptoms call the doctor and check it out. ...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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How long do tick bite rashes last?

How long do tick bite rashes last?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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I have a raised scar from a tick bite 2 years ago, is that pontentially bad?

I have a raised scar from a tick bite 2 years ago, is that pontentially bad?

Probably not: If after two years there has been no problem other than a raised scar - you probably have no infection, but a dermatologist might help you feel certain and even might be able to remove it. Best! ...Read more

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Treatment for a tick bite that has no big rash?

Treatment for a tick bite that has no big rash?

Depends: On whether you have any other symptoms that could be associated with a tick-borne illness. If no symptoms, then no treatment is needed. If unsure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Discovered a rash 24-48 hours after a tick bite (size 10-15 cm). Doctor prescribed Penicillin for 10 days. No other symptoms. Is the prognosis good?

Discovered a rash 24-48 hours after a tick bite (size 10-15 cm). Doctor prescribed Penicillin for 10 days. No other symptoms. Is the prognosis good?

Likely: It all depends on how long the Tick was attached and if the rash was typical for erythema marginatum. Typically if there is strong suspicion for tick disease the antibiotic used is Doxycycline, unless there is an allergy. There is an excellent web site at the CDC that reviews management. Blood work is always available to look for Lyme disease. ...Read more

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Why is there a rash around a tick bite?

Why is there a rash around a tick bite?

Lyme: A rash around a tick bite, especially if its a target like red rash and you live in part of the country where lyme is common, is essentially diagnostic of infection with lyme disease. A relatively short course of oral antibiotics (doxycycline is usually best) will easily get rid of this. ...Read more

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

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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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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I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

Not just Lyme: Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases ( e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi), or else , the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick. ...Read more

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How long until rash from tick bite goes away?

How long until rash from tick bite goes away?

See below: Depends on the type of rash and illness associated with the rash. More information is needed here. Lyme disease present differently from rocky mountain spotted fever or erlichiosis, babesiosis, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Circular rash at the site of a tick bite?

What is the definition or description of: Circular rash at the site of a tick bite?

Lyme Disease: Sometimes Lyme disease may cause a red, radial rash that is clear in the center. This is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi infection. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg. How can I tell if it is from a bite? I'm particularly concerned about a tick bite.

I have a rash on my leg.  How can I tell if it is from a bite?  I'm particularly concerned about a tick bite.

See a doctor: Tick bites can cause Lyme disease and early treatment is important. See a doctor and ask about doxycycline. The classic rash is target shaped with a pink expanding ring and clear center. ...Read more

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What specific test to request to diagnosis late stage Lyme and/or co-infections, untreated tick bite rash 6 years ago? Can these tests be ordered by my PCP?

What specific test to request to diagnosis late stage Lyme and/or co-infections, untreated tick bite rash 6 years ago? Can these tests be ordered by my PCP?

Lyme: lyme western blot is sufficient. You don't need to look for other co-infection tick borne illnesses such as ehrlichia or babesia since they are short incubation period and have no long term effects, unlike Lyme which may cause rarely chronic problems ...Read more

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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?

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!
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Dr. John Chiu
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