Tick Bite Question

pcrc

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Went scouting last Saturday up in Scott County and wouldn't you know it the first time I dont use Permethrine I got a tick. I am always real diligent about spraying down in the fall and have never ever had one tick come home with me. Anyway Sunday night when I get into the shower I notice a tick on my thigh. Got him pulled off intact and dont think he had been there too long as he was not engorged in the least. I am not sure what kind he was but was probably 1/8" diameter, am assuming deer tick but I thought they were a even smaller. Tonight, 4 days later I have a small welt 3/8-1/2" diameter and pink where the bite was. Anything to be concerned about, or just keep an eye on it?
 

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You are usually safe if they are removed within the 1st 24 hours. That's not to say you can't get something sooner. Early treatment is the key to treating tick borne diseases.If you're concerned go get some blood work done.A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
 

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WestTn Huntin'man said:
You are usually safe if they are removed within the 1st 24 hours. That's not to say you can't get something sooner. Early treatment is the key to treating tick borne diseases.If you're concerned go get some blood work done.A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Thats what I read as well. I dont htink it was attached to me Saturday night as i am pretty sure I would have noticed it. I noticed right off Sunday night so I think it was still traveling for first 12-18 hrs meaning it could only have been attached for 12-18 hours at best. It also was not the least bit engorged.
 

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Keep an eye on it.2 years ago I noticed a yellow bruise from bite. Had blood work and it was Lyme disease. Glad my wife made me go to the dr !
 

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Likely the welt is just from the irritation and tick saliva starting to work on you, but you should not be at risk for any disease transmission in that short amount of time.

Just can't be too careful these days, eh?
 

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Might want to get some antibiotics anyway. 20% of Lyme disease cases came from bites that show no sign of abnormalities. If you don't have any fatigue, headache, muscle aches..etc should be no big deal. If you start feeling bad, go to the doctor and don't let them tell you it's not a tick born disease without testing. My body hasn't been the same side I got Lyme's about 10 years ago. It went undiagnosed for a while and they ruled everything else out before thy even tested me for Lyme's. I was bitten on the knee and my whole knee turned black and deep purple.
 

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Always keep the tick. Put it in a ziplock bag, write the bite date on the outside of the bag and put it in the freezer.
If you get sick later, the doc can tell from the type of tick which tick-borne illness you may have.
 

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