10 Tick Bite Symptoms

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Knowing tick bite symptoms is essential for prompt Lyme disease treatment. Walking through woods, dense forests, or even hanging out at a park or in the backyard can increase the chance of a tick bite. Even people wearing protective clothing, such as long sleeves, pants, socks and sneakers, are susceptible to the arachnids.

Although sprays and other chemical barriers work, there's still a chance of getting bit. Removing the ticks immediately can reduce the chances of developing Lyme disease. However, it's still necessary to watch for tick bite symptoms.1‘Tick Talk.’ National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Nov. 2018, newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/05/tick-talk

Rash at Bite Site

Watch the bite area. A small red bump at the site is normal. A Lyme disease diagnosis is possible if the rash grows and a bull's-eye pattern forms. The rash can appear three to 30 days after the bite. For most patients, it's an average of seven days.

The bull's-eye pattern is called an erythema migrans or EM rash. It's common following a tick bite. Approximately 70% to 80% of patients with an infection from a tick develop this rash type. The EM rash isn't itchy but might be warm to the touch.2‘Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease.’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 Jan. 2021, www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs/symptoms/

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