Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine

In brief: Irritants in saliva

As the tick feeds to obtain a blood meal, some of its saliva is injected into the human or animal it is attached to.
Components of the saliva can be irritants and cause an inflammatory reaction, even after removal of the tick. Tick bites, like other puncture wounds can occasionally become infected also. And, in areas of deer ticks, the bite area has to monitored for the lyme disease rash.

In brief: Irritants in saliva

As the tick feeds to obtain a blood meal, some of its saliva is injected into the human or animal it is attached to.
Components of the saliva can be irritants and cause an inflammatory reaction, even after removal of the tick. Tick bites, like other puncture wounds can occasionally become infected also. And, in areas of deer ticks, the bite area has to monitored for the lyme disease rash.
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