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What is the difference between hives and a tick bite?

What is the difference between hives and a tick bite?

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 more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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What is the difference between a tick bite and a mosquito bite?

What is the difference between a tick bite and a mosquito bite?

Ticks stay on...: ...For a long time (hours to days). Their bites are painless and itchless, and easily missed, especially if covered by hair. Mosquitoes, of course, bite once, fly away, and cause itchy bites. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between a tick bite and a bug bite?

How do I know the difference between a tick bite and a bug bite?

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

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How can you tell the difference between a mosquito or spider bite infection vs a tick bite infection?

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

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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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How long should it take a tick bite to heal?

Tick bite: It should take 1-2 weeks for it to heal completely. If it develops a ring around it, see your doctor immediately because that can be a sign of lyme disease. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do I look for after a tick bite?

Which symptoms do I look for after a tick bite?

Depends on...: Which disease one is looking for. The first symptoms of spotted fever are fever and headache occurring a couple of days after the bite, the rash usually start 2-3 days after fever. The first signs of lyme is usually the circular target shaped rash at the bite site. If the tick has fed for less than a day, risk of transmission of these diseases is quite small. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a tick bite to heal?

How long should it take for a tick bite to heal?

FEW DAYS TO WEEKS: It depends if tick was removed completely or some parts were left under the skin and if the tick were crrier of lyme disease, which can cause rash which may last linger. If part of tick was left under the skin it gives a forign body reaction and it may take longer to heal. ...Read more

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What to do about a tick bite with tick still there?

What to do about a tick bite with tick still there?

See below: Remove the tick carefully, clean the area, then watch for signs of tick-borne illnesses. If any occur, see your doctor. It usually takes about 2-3 days of attachment for the tick to transmit the disease it may carry. If it was on for less than that time, the likelihood of transmission is very low. ...Read more

Tick Bite (Definition)

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