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Tick Bite Overview

What is a tick bite?
A person with a tick bite has an injury to the skin from a tick. Ticks can transmit infections to humans, which are called tick borne illnesses. Although tick bites are common, transmission of an infection from a tick bite is relatively rare. Tick borne illnesses include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and Colorado tick fever. Most tick bites heal within 10 days.

What are the symptoms of a tick bite?
Symptoms of a tick bite include itching and mild pain around the bite, as well as hives.

How does the doctor treat a tick bite?
Treatment of a tick bite includes removal of the tick and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment may also include antibiotics if the tick transmits an infection.

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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