Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tick Bite Treatment

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.

Treatment for a tick bite may include:

Tick Bite Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tick bite.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • How do I remove a tick from my skin?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for another tick bite?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

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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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PubMed Tick Bite References
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