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Doctor insights on: Tick Bites Treated Penicillin

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Can tick bites be treated with penicillin?

Can tick bites be treated with penicillin?

Not exactly: Various infections may be spread following tick bites - the most common is lyme disease. Amoxicillin (not penicillin) is approved for treating confirmed cases of lyme disease when clinical disease is present. For a tick bite in areas with high amounts of lyme disease it is useful to take a single dose of Doxycycline within 3 days to prevent lyme. Amoxicillin is not approved for prevention. Read more

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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


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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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If you had fatigue and aches after a tick bite, how long would it last- would you just keep getting worse until treated?

If you had fatigue and aches after a tick bite, how long would it last- would you just keep getting worse until treated?

That depends: We don't have much information. In some areas of the country Lyme Disease can occur. In the US tick bites have potential for transmitting a number of diseases: Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia miyamotoi, Colorado tick fever, Ehrlichiosism, Powassan disease, Heartland virus, Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), Tickborne relapsing Read more

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Are tick bites often treated with doxycycline?

Are tick bites often treated with doxycycline?

No: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is used to treat some illnesses, such as lyme disease that are caused by tick bites. If a patient has a tick bite in an area of the country where lyme disease is common, some doctors have chosen to prescribe Doxycycline to possibly prevent lyme disease. Read more

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After being treated for a tick bite, is it normal go continue to itch in that same area.?

After being treated for a tick bite, is it normal go continue to itch in that same area.?

Possible: Tick bites can be very reactive. Depending on your particular sensitivity to bites, you could have itching for 2-3 weeks or more. Perhaps you should use some topical steroid cream and some antihistamines and an ice pack. If this persists, you should be seen, especially if there is rash that continues to get bigger, if there is streaking, heat or fever or enlarged lymph nodes. Don't hesitate! 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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What can I do to prevent tick bites?

What can I do to prevent tick bites?

Tick prevention: Use tick repellent. Do visual tick checks repeatedly & check yourself nude as well. By wearing clothing that is light colored you will be able to see the contrast of the ticks against clothing. Wear long sleeves & pants. Tuck pants into socks & shirts into pants. If you know an area is tick infested - avoid it. Walk down the middle to paths and avoid tall grasses when possible. Read more

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Why do tick bites make a hole in skin?

Why do tick bites make a hole in skin?

Fangs: Because the evil little ticks sink their fangs as deep as they can into your skin to get to your blood. When the tick is pulled off they tear a tiny chunk of skin with them. Read more

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Why is a tick bite called Lyme disease?

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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How bad are tick bites for the elderly?

How bad are tick bites for the elderly?

Annoying unless. .: Tick bites can be uncomfortable and sometimes itchy and create local bruising. Unless the tick is infected with lyme disease or someother infection, in which can it can be dangerous. Read more

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What can relieve itching from tick bites?

What can relieve itching from tick bites?

See below: Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can reduce the itch and the Hydrocortisone can reduce the inflammation. Read more

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How can I stop inflammation of tick bites?

How can I stop inflammation of tick bites?

Several ways: You can apply ice to the area. You can also use a topical cream such as Hydrocortisone cream. If there is associated itching, you can use medications such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help. Read more

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Which bacteria is spread by deer tick bite?

Lime disease: The deer tick, ixodes scapularis is best known for passing borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria known to cause both acute and chronic problems under the lable lime disease. It has also been known to carry an encephalitis virus. Read more

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Are there homes remedies to prevent tick bites?

Are there homes remedies to prevent tick bites?

None work: Ticks specialize in biting to provide their food. Protect yourself by covering your skin with clothing (long pants, shirts, etc) you can pull your socks over the cuffs of your pants to prevent the tick from crawing up. You can even treat your clothes with permethin to make them insect repellent. On your exposed skin you can use either 20% picardin or 35%deet to prevent bites. Read more

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