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What To Do If You Get A Tick Bite
Watch: Remove the tick if required by the right means. Report any fever or systemic illness to your physician with a note that you had a tick bite. Watch for reddening at the site especially if rings form -- this would be lyme disease. Don't let this mishap keep you from enjoying the outdoors but consider wearing some repellant. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Location, location: You are more likely to have a tick bite if your are spending time in forested areas. Flea bites tend to occur closer to home or at the ocean. Some fleas will infest lawns and homes if pest do not have proper flea control. Here are two helpful websites from the centers for disease control and epa ticks: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ticks/ fleas: http://www.Epa.Gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick.Htm. ...Read more
Wound care/dog issue: Wash the wound out wit copious amounts of water & antiseptic soap, apply abx ointment, note your own tetanus status. If the wound penetrated any web space in your hand see a dr. Verify the dogs rabies status, if not current, impound it.Many locals require dog bites be reported to the sheriff if not your family dog.Local authorities can provide rabies information if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Where do you live: It really depends on the type of tick and where you live. The smaller ticks are the ones that can carry the bacteria that causes lyme's disease. In areas where the incidence of infection is high, e.G ct, the cdc recommendation is to treat with antibiotic. In areas where it is low, e.g. Fla the cdc recommendation is to observe. If the tick was attached for less than 48 hours it is also less risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most bites look same: I'm not sure that cicadas actually bite- most times it is hard to tell one bug bite from another with the exception of brown recluse spider bites and ticks Most bug bites do not cause problems except for being annoying and itching You can apply over the counter cortisone cream if there is itching ...Read more
Possible spider bite: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you & you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site & possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cramping /rigidness or ulceration of skin at site. You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it has been > 10 years). Also medical care if you develop signs of secondary infection. ...Read more
See below: Bug bites can cause what is referred to as a "local reaction" which includes redness, swelling, warmth and itch. This usually is the reaction that our bodies have to the saliva or other minor venom-like components in a bite. We release histamine which causes vessels to become "leaky" and fluid leaks from them along with some red blood cells - thus you get swelling, redness, warmth and itch. ...Read more
Worsening symptoms: Worsening pain, redness, and swelling may be the result of a severe cat bite infection. The sharp needle-like teeth of the cat can penetrate deep into the hand, innoculating internal structures- joints, deep palmar spaces, and tendon sheaths. Immediate medical evaluation should be sought, as antibiotic treatment and surgical intervention may be warranted, if severity and symptoms persist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Google the subject.: Why don't you "google" the subject and find the pictures for yourself? That is much better than someone trying to describe a tick to you. ...Read more
? Spider bite?: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you & you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site & > ...Read more
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
Usually yes!: About 30-40% of dog bites will become infected requiring antibiotics but more importantly, the area of the bite needs to be evaluated for extensive cleaning and possible repair and tetanus status needs to be determined. Call you primary for advise asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You really can't: Some insect and spider bites have a characteristic appearance, though generally you really can't tell what bit you unless you have the critter or the carcass in hand. The majority of insect bites do not need treatment unless from a poisonous species, or unless you have compromised health. If excessively large or swollen or infected, give you md a call. If you live in a lyme diseas area do see md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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