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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What does an infected tick bite look ike?

What does an infected tick bite look ike?

No different: There is no way to tell infected vs noninfected deer tick bites by merely looking at them. However, if you see the typical bulls-eye rash, think lyme disease. All deer tick bites should assume to carry the lyme organism and should be treated with Doxycycline without waiting for blood test results or clinical lyme symptoms. ...Read more

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Tick Bite (Definition)

Watch for the symptoms of tick-borne diseases in the weeks following a tick bite -- muscle or joint aches, stiff neck, headache, weakness, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and other flu-like symptoms. Watch for a red spot or rash starting at the ...Read more


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I have an infected tick bite. Will cephalexin help?

I have an infected tick bite. Will cephalexin help?

Tick bite: The treatment of a given tick exposure will depend on the length of attachment, the type of tick, the diseases that are seen in the community, and the symptoms developed by the person. Specific medical treatment depends on the pathogen(s) transmitted in the tick bite. For example, in adults, if one suspects lyme disease, Doxycycline or Amoxicillin or Cefuroxime axetil, or emycin is used. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bark
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What does a tick bite look like on a human?

Tick bite: If the tick is actually biting when you see it, it will be a small brown or black bug attached by his legs and mouthparts to your body. Black text are about 4 mm across or bigger and deer ticks or brown ticks about 3 mm across. After biting you may have a small growing red spot which itches somewhat for over subsequent days; you could actually develop a larger round spot. See a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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What does tick bite look like?

What does tick bite look like?

See below: They vary in appearance, but often, the bite will often go unnoticed. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
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What does a tick bite look like?

Insect bite: Ticks are insects and leave bite marks. You may see head parts in the skin if not the whole body lodged in the skin. Initially, a tick bite could cause a small area of redness and swelling and bruising. The developing rash could be rounded and can extend outward in days to weeks and could indicate lyme disease. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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What does the spot after a tick bite look like?

Often a red spot: The primary infection of lyme disease is a rapidly expanding ring. This should be promptly treated. A temporary red spot is a reaction to the tick rather than lyme. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Does a tick bite look like a weal?

Does a tick bite look like a weal?

It depends: About 70 to 80% of people get a rash from a tick bite but about 20% get a "bull's eye" round rash called erythema migrans. ...Read more

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Dr. Tedde Rinker
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What does a tick bite look like and what does it look like if its Lyme disease and what are the symptoms got bit a month ago and spot still there?

What does a tick bite look like and what does it look like if its Lyme disease and what are the symptoms got bit a month ago and spot still there?

Appearance varies: A tick bite can be invisible after the tick detaches, or leave a red spot. When lyme is in the tick, often (but not always) a red rash spreads out in a circle (can be other shapes too) and is often clearing from the center outward. Called a "bull's eye" rash because of its appearance. ...Read more

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