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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Tick bite still itches after months and now having some pain and swelling in knee. Have been tested for Lyme and it was negative? Now what?

Tick bite still itches after months and now having some pain and swelling in knee. Have been tested for Lyme and it was negative? Now what?

Test is not reliable: See your doc again and revisit the symptoms . The test may be negative at a high negative rate but still have the process. Would go over the symptoms with the doc and have the doc look at the original site and describe any rash that you might have had. Sometimes if symptoms persist then the person is treated anyhow. Best wisehes ...Read more

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After one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should I do?

After one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should I do?

Steroid: Rub in a steroid cream. You may have a tube for poison ivy. Otc Hydrocortisone 1% is weak but may be enough. Don't be afraid to rub in several times a day. No need to wash before or after. If not ok in a week, see a dermatologist. Avoid antiseptics and antibiotics.If you have Bacitracin or neosporin do not use on this. Peroxide or alcohol will make it worse. Do not use a bandage. ...Read more

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I have a two and a half old tick bite that is red, about the size of a silver dollar. It has a lesion in the middle. It itches and burns. Any advic?

I have a two and a half old tick bite that is red, about the size of a silver dollar.  It has a lesion in the middle.  It itches and burns.  Any advic?

Lyme disease: The diagnosis of early Lyme disease can be made solely on clinical grounds if the characteristic erythema migrans lesion is present in a patient who lives in or has recently traveled to an area that is endemic for Lyme disease. ...Read more

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If after a tick bites you and there is a little red bump that itches sometimes, is that okay?

If after a tick bites you and there is a little red bump that itches sometimes, is that okay?

Usually OK: Foreign proteins from the tick's saliva can cause a mild allergic reaction, resulting in an itchy bump, a tick bite granuloma, that may take a month to flatten. This is not the rash of lyme disease, and is not a cause for worry. There are prescription creams that can flatten this bump faster. ...Read more

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I have a tick bite on my scrotum. Its left a red bump and sometimes itches, is this serious?

I have a tick bite on my scrotum. Its left a red bump and sometimes itches, is this serious?

Possibly: Ticks can carry numerous diseases, including rocky mountain spotted fever, lyme disease, borrelia infections, and others. If you develop other symptoms see a doctor asap. If this rash begins to spread outward or resembles a target, go and get treated for lyme disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have lme disease? I got a tick bite on my upper thigh about half a year ago. It spread to other parts of my legs, itches a lot, but i don't have any of the other symptoms. I misspelld: the question is do I have Lyme diease?

Do I have lme disease? I got a tick bite on my upper thigh about half a year ago. It spread to other parts of my legs, itches a lot, but i don't have any of the other symptoms. I misspelld: the question is do I have Lyme diease?

The : The rash associated with lyme disease is called erythema migrans and it looks like a target or bulls-eye. It usually starts at the site of the tick bite 3-30 days after the bite (average 7 days) and then can spread to other parts of the body. The rash typically doesn't last more than a month and is rarely itchy. An itchy rash appearing 6 months after a tick bite would not be related to lyme disease. Other kinds of ticks can spread other organisms besides lyme such as "southern tick associated rash illness" or rocky mountain spotted fever, so if you think you have an abnormal rash related to a previous tick bite, contact your doctor. Below i've attached a website with tons of good information on lyme disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was bitten by a tick about 3 months ago, there was no swelling or redness but the site still itches quite often. what should i do?

I was bitten by a tick about 3 months ago, there was no swelling or redness but the site still itches quite often. what should i do?

Scar tissue?: The area of the bite may have formed some scar tissue or a piece of the tick may still be in the skin and the body is trying to digest it. Take a little massage oil each day and work the area of skin gently to promote healing. Topical 1% hydrocortisone twice a day may also help. Good luck! http://www.drugs.com/cg/tick-bite-aftercare-instructions.html ...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

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more


Tick Bite (Definition)

A circular rash at the site of a tick bite may be a sign of ...Read more