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Old 10-06-2008, 04:27 PM
 
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I just pulled a deer tick off my elbow. The area the tick was on was very swollen and sore and still is. I've never had a bite that was this painful. I'll watch for a bull's eye rash, but can anyone provide info?

Thanks,

Woofers
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:35 PM
 
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If it were me I'd call my primary care doc and get their opinion. I do believe in erring on the side of caution.
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:46 PM
 
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How do you know it was a deer tick?

Do KEEP the tick and bring it along to the doctor. The bull's eye rash may or may NOT appear - usually in a week or two, but can occur up to a month, at the site of where the tick was. Don't confuse with a LOCAL reaction with the erythema migrans of Lyme disease!


And if the tick wasn't on you for long (less than a couple of hours) the chances of your contracting any illness (Lyme disease is one of several tick-borne diseases) decreases. It also decreases if the tick wasn't engorged with blood.

Again, call your doctor and bring the tick with you!
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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Go and see your doctor as almost all of them are familiar with the symptoms of lyme. You will probably be prescribed 10 days of tetracycline even without a diagnosis of lyme. This is very important because the symptoms that you will experience after the treatment are varied. I was diagnosed with Lyme in 1986 and have various symptons for years after. This is a serious illness so get treated immediately.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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The tick was not engorged. It was a deer tick based on a picture I saw on the web. My elbow hurts.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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The tick was not engorged. It was a deer tick based on a picture I saw on the web. My elbow hurts.

It doesn't matter. Still see your doctor.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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Swelling and redness is normal for any tick bite, just due to the irritation and pulling it out. save the tick, have dr check it/you out. but from my research, deer tick has to be "attached" for at least 24 hrs. When my husband had a deer tick on him, the dr didnt bother to see him because the tick was not engorged and (most likely) not attached for more than few hrs. they just told him to watch the area.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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There was no tick attached to me for 24 hours. It took the red bullseye and extreme fatigue to get me to the doctor and that was very shortly after I had been exposed to ticks.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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I live in an area where there are lots of ticks, so I can't run to the doctor every time one bites me. I read that swelling and redness is not unusual for a tick bite, so I'll keep an eye on it for a bullseye. And like StoyMonkey said, the tick was not even engorged.

Thanks stoymonkey...!
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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Hey, I've had lots of tick bites. Was worried at first but worried for nothing. Did you get the head out? It depends on your immune system also. You will probably be okay fine.
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