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Tick Bites Treated 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
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?
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
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
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
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
...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
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
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
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
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