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What Is The Difference Between A Tick Bite And A Mosquito Bite
I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.
Tick borne illnesses: Include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply inflammation; an expanding, red area of tenderness can be cellulitis (a skin infection, often caused by staph bacteria). If it is worsening or you develop a fever, please seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a mosquito or spider bite infection vs a tick bite infection?
Limited space: Though spider, tick or mosquito bites can sometimes cause infection, the vast majority of them will not. A limited local inflammatory response can be expected from any of these. Symptoms exceeding this should be examined by a physician. 'Spider bites' have become a common er complaint over the last several years, when in fact most of these are skin abscesses. ...Read more
Ticks are attached: More often than not, if it's a tick, it'll be attached to you. Otherwise, it would be difficult to tell. Both tick bites and bites from other arthropods can cause a little local inflammatory response. If one picked up a tick-borne disease, then other symptoms would occur beyond just a small local reaction. In that case, one should see a doctor. ...Read more
Hives last < 1 day: Hives & insect bites itch but otherwise are very different. Bites last for days. A hive fades away in hours although it may be replaced by other hives. Tick bites are usually solitary; you'll usually have a lot of hives. Bites are red, raised, hot & hard. There may be two indentations close together where the tick inserted its teeth. Hives are raised, warm with pale centers and red edges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Got bit by a tick yesterday. Have a small red itchy bump where the tick bit me (like a mosquito bite). Should I go see my doctor about it?
One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?
Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a bite of some sort. Got it checked and had meds that took it away. It came back and it looks like a tick bite w/o bullseye. Could it be a tick?
Tick bite: After safe removal of tick, wash hands & wound with soap & hot water. Can relieve pain by use of ice pack. Garlic can be eaten or applied to wound to hasten healing. Tea tree oil relieves itching. Seek medical attention if you develop bullseye (red circle), rash, fever or emesis. Triamcinolone cream is sometimes prescribed to hasten healing. ...Read more
Tick bite: Before seeking medical attention, you should note the appearance and characteristics of the tick and remove it with fine tweezers, being careful not to rupture the abdomen (if engorged). If bitten by a deer tick, your doctor will either observe and treat if symptoms/signs of disease develop or treat immediately with preventive antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tick bite: Ice and Hydrocortisone cream work well. If you are certain it's a tick, you should visit your doctor because you can get a disease from ticks called lyme's disease which is very easy to treat right after a tick bite but nearly impossible to get rid of in later stages. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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