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Do ticks bury themselves beneath the skin or do they stay on the surface? I try to do tick checks several times a day, but i notice a bump under the skin that is red and inflamed and i'm concerned it might be a tick.

Chiggers : Chiggers (trombiculidae) are mites found in the midwest and southeast United States. Their bite can cause a red bump with intense itching. Chiggers don't bury themselves or lay eggs under the skin. They inject digestive enzymes and may remain attached to the skin for several days. They are very hard to see with the naked eye. ...Read more

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My husband has a tick bite with a really bad burning feeling and black spot under the skin where he pulled the tick out. Could he have Lyme disease?

My husband has a tick bite with a really bad burning feeling and black spot under the skin where he pulled the tick out. Could he have Lyme disease?

Deer tick?: Some deer ticks transmit lyme disease. The tick must be in the skin for 2 days before it can cause lyme disease. Doxycycline or minocycline 200mg single dose within 2 days of removal of a tick prevents lyme disease almost every time. Not a deer tick? Lyme is not in the conversation. A local reaction to the tick is common but not lyme disease. If the black dot is part of the tick, your body will ta ...Read more

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I had a tick on the scrotum. unsure if I got the whole head out. There is now a small lump under the skin, but not attached to the testicles?

I had a tick on the scrotum. unsure if I got the whole head out. There is now a small lump under the skin, but not attached to the testicles?

Don't know....: Could be the tick's head buried into your epidermis or not. Best you see your doctor for and examination and probable removal. This is why it is always best to coax a tick into releasing its bite, instead of decapitating it by pulling it off. ...Read more

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What does a pimple look like under the.Skin?

What does a pimple look like under the.Skin?

Here's a great: Diagram: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=diagram+pimple&qpvt=diagram+pimple&form=igre#view=detail&id=32ff6da58f7694790ebf62e78d69411cda7882a8&selectedindex=2. ...Read more

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What do tumors look like under the skin?

What do tumors look like under the skin?

Unclear question: A tumor under the skin would appear as a lump that may be visible and palpable. ...Read more

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How does a tick look like on your skin?

How does a tick look like on your skin?

See below: Varies on the size of the tick. Some are large and obvious and others like ixodes species - deer ticks. These can be so small in the juvenile form and not much larger in the adult for than a pinpoint. Therefore, extensive tick skin surveys are always recommended in highly endemic areas. ...Read more

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Tiny red spots on skin. Kinda look like tiny cuts and maybe bleeding under the skin. What could this be?.

Tiny red spots on skin. Kinda look like tiny cuts and maybe bleeding under the skin. What could this be?.

Petechiae?: This sounds like petechiae, which actually is small volume bleeding just under the skin. This should be examined by a provider- petechiae have several causes but can be present with platelet disorders, that can affect blood clotting. Occasionally severe infections can cause petechiae, but most people at that stage wouldn't be on healthtap- they'd be in the icu! ...Read more

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I have a hard pea size lump under the skin on the top of my vagina. It does not look like an ingrown hair and I cannot pop it. Any suggestions?

I have a hard pea size lump under the skin on the top of my vagina. It does not look like an ingrown hair and I cannot pop it. Any suggestions?

Try: warm compresses a few times a day for two to three days. If it still doesnt open up or is not painful at all, I would make a trip to your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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