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Should I go to the doctor for a tick bite? Very small Tick removed 2 days ago. Red itchy rash at site of tick bite. Applied cortisone cream.

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: See DR

Tiny tick= risk for Lyme disease.
You have a local reaction to the tick. There is good evidence for using a single dose of antibiotic, typically 200mg Doxycycline (I prefer minocycline) within 48 hrs after discovery of a deer tick to prevent Lyme. You need to be alert and ready for possible Lyme during the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately the blood tests are not reliable and sometimes the primary erytm

In brief: See DR

Tiny tick= risk for Lyme disease.
You have a local reaction to the tick. There is good evidence for using a single dose of antibiotic, typically 200mg Doxycycline (I prefer minocycline) within 48 hrs after discovery of a deer tick to prevent Lyme. You need to be alert and ready for possible Lyme during the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately the blood tests are not reliable and sometimes the primary erytm
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Murray Wellner
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes...see doctor

I agree with first doc.
...my policy for several years has been to treat ALL tick and even spider bites empiricall with 5 days of doxy 100 twice a day for five days....Dr. Wellner

In brief: Yes...see doctor

I agree with first doc.
...my policy for several years has been to treat ALL tick and even spider bites empiricall with 5 days of doxy 100 twice a day for five days....Dr. Wellner
Dr. Murray Wellner
Dr. Murray Wellner
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Dr. Marino Tavarez
Family Medicine

In brief: Monitor symptoms

and keep area clean and dry and you should be fine.

In brief: Monitor symptoms

and keep area clean and dry and you should be fine.
Dr. Marino Tavarez
Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Please do not apply anything on the rash since it may mask the typical appearance of Lyme's.
Do see your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Please do not apply anything on the rash since it may mask the typical appearance of Lyme's.
Do see your doctor.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Nothing you can apply will mask erythema migrans.
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