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Dr. Ajeeb Titus
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Tick Borne Illness (Overview)

Tick-borne illnesses are bacterial, viral, or protozoal infections that are transmitted by tick bites.


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What are the symptoms of a tick-borne illness?

What are the symptoms of a tick-borne illness?

Any & every symptom!: The most common tick-borne illness is lyme disease, which is well-known to cause any & every symptom that a person can have! other tick-borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever, babesiosis and bartonella also cause a wide variety of symptoms. Still, the most common symptoms of tick-borne illness are fever & rash (especially at onset), joint pains, malaise, headache & fatigue. ...Read more

Dr. Ajeeb Titus
44 doctors shared insights

Tick Borne Illness (Overview)

Tick-borne illnesses are bacterial, viral, or protozoal infections that are transmitted by tick bites.


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What are tests for tick-borne illnesses?

What are tests for tick-borne illnesses?

Just that: Generally these test your blood for the presence of types of antibodies directed against the organisms carried by ticks. These are numerous and usually performed as a panel of tests, either in the hospital in your area or in a reference laboratory. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tick-borne illness?

What is the treatment for tick-borne illness?

Depends on illness: Depending on what illness had been transmitted will determine which medicines would be recommended. ...Read more

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If my dog has a tick borne illness and he bites me, am i at risk of catching it?

If my dog has a tick borne illness and he bites me, am i at risk of catching it?

Unlikely: Tick borne illnesses are transmitted by the bite of these arthropods carrying the organism and not by the teeth or saliva of your dog. You should be aware, however, that dog bites can transmit a variety of other infections. Why is your dog biting you? Accident or vicious? Has the dog been vaccinated for rabies? Is is current? ...Read more

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What are tests for tick-borne illnesses?

Just that: Generally these test your blood for the presence of types of antibodies directed against the organisms carried by ticks. These are numerous and usually performed as a panel of tests, either in the hospital in your area or in a reference laboratory. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tick-borne illness?

Any & every symptom!: The most common tick-borne illness is lyme disease, which is well-known to cause any & every symptom that a person can have! other tick-borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever, babesiosis and bartonella also cause a wide variety of symptoms. Still, the most common symptoms of tick-borne illness are fever & rash (especially at onset), joint pains, malaise, headache & fatigue. ...Read more

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If my dog has a tick borne illness and he bites me, am i at risk of catching it?

Unlikely: Tick borne illnesses are transmitted by the bite of these arthropods carrying the organism and not by the teeth or saliva of your dog. You should be aware, however, that dog bites can transmit a variety of other infections. Why is your dog biting you? Accident or vicious? Has the dog been vaccinated for rabies? Is is current? ...Read more

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Can tick borne illnesses(i.E.Lyme disease etc) cause disability?

Can tick borne illnesses(i.E.Lyme disease etc) cause disability?

Depends: Tick bite cancan be mild but if nevous system invoved might be lingering process sometime long term tetracck=line is needed and good diet and supportivetreatment can give real good recvery. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tick-borne illness?

Depends on illness: Depending on what illness had been transmitted will determine which medicines would be recommended. ...Read more

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Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?

Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?

Good question.: No risk for tick borne illness here. Is there any type of rash at the wound site? An embedded part of the tick would fester a little under the skin and may become a little red and painful until the skin pushes it out or it's broken down. If you have been washing it over and over or scratching it I'd say eczema, neurodermatitis or scabies it possible without any other rash or lesions. See doc. ...Read more

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