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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


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Do you think I should be worried about a tick bite on the very edge of my eyelid?

Do you think I should be worried about a tick bite on the very edge of my eyelid?

Yes: Tick bites of the eyelid can be the source pof tick borne infection such as lyme disease and can also become secondarily infected. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg. How can I tell if it is from a bite? I'm particularly concerned about a tick bite.

I have a rash on my leg.  How can I tell if it is from a bite?  I'm particularly concerned about a tick bite.

See a doctor: Tick bites can cause Lyme disease and early treatment is important. See a doctor and ask about doxycycline. The classic rash is target shaped with a pink expanding ring and clear center. ...Read more

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How should one go about treating a tick bite?

None needed: Tick bites are not usually much of a problem. Sometimes you can get a infection at the site of the bite, so if you see redness and swelling at the site of a bite contact your doctor. Rarely, ticks can transmit illnesses such as lyme, ehrlichia, rocky mountain spotted fever and others. These infections make you quite sick and require medication when you have sypmtoms. ...Read more

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Tick bite. When should I be worried about this?

Tick bite: After a tick bite, individuals may develop any of these symptoms that may be due to the organism that the tick transmits during its bite: flu-like symptoms, fever, numbness, rash (these vary according to the pathogen transmitted by the tick), confusion, weakness, pain and swelling in the joints, palpitations, paralysis, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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My child has a weird circular rash after getting a tick bite. Is this something I should be concerned about?

My child has a weird circular rash after getting a tick bite. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Yes: A rash around a tick bite should be evaluated promptly. It may be a local reaction or a sign of lyme disease. If you cannot see your pediatrician immediately, take several good pics of the rash, especially if it is changing rapidly. ...Read more

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What to do if i got a tick bite about a week ago and I have this pimple right on my face, normal?

What to do if i got a tick bite about a week ago and I have this pimple right on my face, normal?

Tick & pimple?: If this pimple is not at the site from which the tick was removed it is unlikely that the two are related. ...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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I have had a large (3" diameter) itchy purple bruise develop around a tick bite within 24 hours. Should I be worried about Lyme?

I have had a large (3" diameter) itchy purple bruise develop around a tick bite within 24 hours. Should I be worried about Lyme?

No,you are having an: allergic reaction to the ticks saliva. Put hydrocortisone cream on it. It should get better in next few days. If it does not,see your Dr. If the tick was not attached for 24 hrs, little chance of lyme disease. ...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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