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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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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.

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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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.

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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Tick Bite (Definition)

Watch for the symptoms of tick-borne diseases in the weeks following a tick bite -- muscle or joint aches, stiff neck, headache, weakness, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and other flu-like symptoms. Watch for a red spot or rash starting at the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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 more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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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?

Dr. Donald Alves
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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?

Go back 2 prescriber: The dr / urgent care / er that prescribed the med should be able to decide if continued antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Dr. John Thaler
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I have a tick bite. Swollen & red with thin red lines extending outward. Do I need to be seen to have it checked?

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I have a tick bite. Swollen & red with thin red lines extending outward. Do I need to be seen to have it checked?

Yes: Get to the Urgent care closest to you or the ER. You do not want to wait on this one. At the least they can diagnose the problem and risks and offer treatment as appropriate. Always be on alert for deer tick bites -- easily treated early , but can be very debilitating if not treated. Good Luck -- Go Go. ...Read more

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Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
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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?

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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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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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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?

Dr. Carrie Cannon
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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?

Tick bite: Yes, with all the tick-borne diseases possible. Best to have it looked at and consider prophylactic antibiotics, especially if acquired in a high prevalence Lyme's disease area or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever area. Please have a doctor look at it. MRSA is also a possibility. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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What is the best way to care for an itchy, irritating tick bite?

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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What is the best way to care for an itchy, irritating 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

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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How can I stop itchiness and the swelling of a tick bite?

Dr. Michael Ekizian
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How can I stop itchiness and the swelling of a tick bite?

Local reaction tx: Insect bites should be washed with soap and water. An ice or cold pack may help reduce local swelling. Topical creams, gels and lotions such as those containing calamine or pramoxine decrease itching. Avoid topical anesthetic and antihistamine preparations. ...Read more

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Dr. Lana Long
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How can you stop itchiness and swelling of a tick bite?

Dr. Lana Long
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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 more

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Dr. Seth Steber
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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

Dr. Seth Steber
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Get evaluated: Although it may be a tick bite. You should see a dermatologist to make sure it is not a type of psoriasis. A diagnosis is warranted. ...Read more

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