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- 2 Tick Bite Swelling: Should You Be Concerned about Lyme’s Disease?
- 3 What causes tick bite swelling?
- 4 Is tick bite swelling dangerous? What can you do about it?
- 5 Tick bite swelling in the groin and Lyme disease
- 6 Lump after a tick bite in a person — what to do, what to process
- 7 Six years after tick bite, its mark–and the illness–still show
- 8 Small itchy bumps sprouting on testicles after a tick bite?
- 9 Signs of Lyme disease that appear on your skin
I was bitten by a tick like a few months ago and I’ve had this bump !! It itches sometimes and when I accidentally scraped the skin off it started bleedig a bit . I’m really cared and embarrased cause it’s like on my butt ! When I first saw the tick I put nailpolish on it then got tweezers and pulled it off I didn’t put alcohol on it ; I’m stupid . What should I do to make it go away ?? Please help !
Tick bite bumps last for weeks. If it’s been three or four months, I’d go get it checked. But 2 months or less. yeah, that’s about how long they take to heal up for some people!
Big, itchy, obnoxious, painful bump in the meantime, and hard, almost like scar tissue. It’ll go away, but get some of the neosporin that has the anti-pain in it as well as the antibiotic, keep a bandaid and neosporin on it, and it’ll go away faster. The anti-pain keeps it from itching as badly, and that and the bandaid keep you from scratching as much.
Tick Bite Swelling: Should You Be Concerned about Lyme’s Disease?
Tick bite swelling is a common symptom occurring due to tick bites. Red and oozing tick bite swelling is often seen on dogs, cats, horses and even humans.The question is: should you be concerned? What should you do to relieve this pain and swelling? Do tick bite swellings always lead to Lyme’s disease?
We will answer all these questions regarding tick bite swelling in this guide.
What causes tick bite swelling?
Ticks are small parasites which suck blood from animals and humans. You could get tick bites not just from grassy trails in forest areas but also from your own backyard. Ticks, unlike fleas, do not jump or fly. Instead, they wait patiently for their host and once they find one in their proximity, they slowly crawl up its body and seek a place to hide. In animals, they tend to hide under the thick fur typically found in the back and neck area or between the shoulder blades. In humans, ticks crawl up the clothing and find a place on the skin to sink their teeth into. On an average, ticks are known to remain on their host for up to 2 weeks.
Ticks require a blood meal for which they insert their sharp mouth parts into the host’s skin. To help prevent the blood from coagulating, ticks also inject a protein into the host’s blood. This facilitates ease of acquiring a blood meal. Some animals are overly sensitive to this protein. As a result, they develop symptoms like itching, redness, pain and even temporary paralysis. In majority of the cases, the bitten animal or human might not develop any of these symptoms.
Is tick bite swelling dangerous? What can you do about it?
Most cases of tick bites, despite the swelling, crusting, rash and itchiness are not dangerous. In horses, tick bite swellings are very common and they typically subside a few days after the tick has been removed. Do make sure you apply some warm/cold compress to relieve the pain and swelling in the region.
Here are some steps to remove the tick:
- Grasp the tick firmly using tweezers or a tissue paper and pull it out vertically upwards without squeezing, making sure there are no mouthparts left behind.
- Wash the site with some soap and warm water.
- Observe the bitten region for redness, watery discharge etc. If any of these signs occur, and are also accompanied by fever, pain or muscle weakness or confusion, make sure you call the doctor/vet immediately.
In case a tick bite swelling starts to ooze, let it drain completely. You could apply some antibiotic cream to the area.
Tick bite swelling in the groin and Lyme disease
Tick bite swelling or rash in the groin area is also common in animals, mainly horses. The swollen part may be tender to touch and the animal might not allow you or the vet to examine it. To know when tick bite swelling might turn to Lyme’s disease is to watch out for a red rash along with fever and muscle aches. This generally occurs a few weeks after the bite has first occurred. The rash usually extends up to 5cm in the given area. The lesions accompanying the rash may appear reddish blue in color though rarely with a bull’s eye formation. This rash is the main symptom of Lyme’s and is called Erythema Migrans. Nearly 70 to 80% people bitten by ticks are likely to develop such a rash, but only 2% of all tick bite rashes actually develop into Lyme’s disease. The typical incubation period between the actually time of bite to development of Lyme’s is 3-30 days.
In Lyme’s disease, the hard tick bite swelling and rash in the groin do not go away rather they continue to grow and spread. Often primary health care providers have mistaken such a rash to occur due to spider bites.
As stated before: watch out for signs of fever, muscle spasms and pain that last for up to 4 weeks or longer after the suspected bite. If these occur you or your pet might be in the 2% group of victims of tick bites that actually develop Lyme’s Disease. Untreated Lyme’s disease and tick bite swelling can develop several other complications such as lingering joint pain, weakness in knees etc that can even last for months or years.
Lump after a tick bite in a person — what to do, what to process
There are many different types of ticks in the United States, some of which are capable of transmitting infections. The risk of developing these infections depends upon the geographic location, season of the year, type of tick, and for Lyme disease only, how long the tick was attached to the skin.
While many people are concerned after being bitten by a tick, the risk of acquiring a tick-borne infection is quite low, even if the tick has been attached, fed, and is actually carrying an infectious agent. Ticks transmit infection only after they have attached and then taken a blood meal from their new host . A tick that has not attached (and therefore has not yet become engorged from its blood meal) has not passed any infection. The risk of acquiring Lyme disease from an observed tick bite, for example, is only 1.2 to 1.4 percent, even in an area where the disease is common.
If a person is bitten by a deer tick (the type of tick that carries Lyme disease), a healthcare provider will likely advise one of two approaches:
- Observe and treat if signs or symptoms of infection develop
- Treat with a preventive antibiotic immediately – only under certain circumstances
There is no benefit of blood testing for Lyme disease at the time of the tick bite; even people who become infected will not have a positive blood test until approximately two to six weeks after the infection develops (post-tick bite).
The history of the tick bite will largely determine which of these options is chosen. Before seeking medical attention, the affected person or household member should carefully remove the tick and make note of its appearance. Only the Ixodes species of deer tick causes Lyme disease.
The proper way to remove a tick is to use a set of fine tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as is possible. Do not use a smoldering match or cigarette, nail polish, petroleum jelly (eg, Vaseline), liquid soap, or kerosene because they may irritate the tick and cause it to behave like a syringe, injecting bodily fluids into the wound.
The proper technique for tick removal includes the following:
- Use fine tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
- Pull backwards gently but firmly, using an even, steady pressure. Do not jerk or twist.
- Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick, since its bodily fluids may contain infection-causing organisms.
- After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- If any mouth parts of the tick remain in the skin, these should be left alone; they will be expelled on their own. Attempts to remove these parts may result in significant skin trauma.
Tick characteristics — It is helpful if the person can provide information about the size of the tick, whether it was actually attached to the skin, if it was engorged (that is, full of blood), and how long it was attached.
The size and color of the tick help to determine what kind of tick it was;
- Ticks that are brown and approximately the size of a poppy seed or pencil point are deer ticks. These can transmit Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme disease) and a number of other tick-borne infections. Deer ticks live primarily in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region (Maine to Virginia) and in the midwest (Minnesota and Wisconsin) region of the United States, and less commonly in the western US (northern California).
- Ticks that are brown with a white collar and about the size of a pencil eraser are more likely to be dog ticks (Dermacentor species). These ticks do not carry Lyme disease, but can rarely carry another tick-borne infection that can be serious or even fatal (Rocky Mountain spotted fever).
- A brown to black tick with a white splotch on its back is likely an Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick; named after the white splotch). This species of tick has been reported to spread an illness called STARI (southern tick-associated rash illness). STARI causes a rash that is similar to the erythema migrans rash, but without the other features of Lyme disease. Although this rash is thought to be caused by an infection, a cause for the infection has not yet been identified. This type of tick can also carry and transmit another infection called human monocytic ehrlichiosis.
- A tick that was not attached, is still flat and tiny and is not full of blood, and was easy to remove or just walking on the skin, could not have transmitted Lyme disease or any other infection since it had not yet taken a blood meal.
Only ticks that are attached and have finished feeding or are near the end of their meal can transmit Lyme disease. After arriving on the skin, the tick that spreads Lyme disease usually takes 24 hours before feeding begins. Even if a tick is attached, it must have taken a blood meal to transmit Lyme disease. At least 36 to 48 hours of feeding is required for a tick to have fed and then transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. After this amount of time, the tick will be engorged (full of blood). An engorged tick has a globular shape and is larger than an unengorged one.
The organism that causes Lyme disease, B. burgdorferi, lies dormant in the inner aspect of the tick’s midgut. The organism becomes active only after exposure to the warm blood meal entering the tick’s gut. Once active, the organism enters the tick’s salivary glands. As the tick feeds, it must get rid of excess water through the salivary glands. Thus, the tick will literally salivate organisms into the wound, thereby passing the infection to the host.
Need for treatment — The clinician will review the description of the tick, along with any physical symptoms, to decide upon a course of action. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommends preventive treatment with antibiotics only in people who meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Attached tick identified as an adult or nymphal I. scapularis (deer) tick
- Tick is estimated to have been attached for =36 hours (based upon how engorged the tick appears or the amount of time since outdoor exposure)If the person meets ALL of the above criteria, the recommended dose of doxycycline is a single dose of 200 mg for adults and 4 mg/kg, up to a maximum dose of 200 mg, in children = 8 years. If the person cannot take doxycycline, the IDSA does not recommend preventive treatment with an alternate antibiotic for several reasons: there are no data to support a short course of another antibiotic, a longer course of antibiotics may have side effects, antibiotic treatment is highly effective if Lyme disease were to develop, and the risk of developing a serious complication of Lyme disease after a recognized bite is extremely low.
- Antibiotic treatment can begin within 72 hours of tick removal
- The local rate of tick infection with B. burgdorferi is =20 percent (known to occur in parts of New England, parts of the mid-Atlantic states, and parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin)
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Six years after tick bite, its mark–and the illness–still show
By Alyssa Whitlock
You see that little spot on my calf? You wouldn’t think that a small bite like this would change someone’s life, turn it upside down, crush their goals and dreams, shake them to their core, causing immense pain and profound fatigue along with a multitude of other symptoms and issues.
That bite also caused a secondary neurological disorder which affects my heart and all body systems (dysautonomia), as well as a brain lesion. That bite is from a tick. Yes… that’s a tick bite from six years ago! Out of the hundreds of people with Lyme disease that I have met, only one other had a re-appearing bite years after she was bitten. This is not very common, but it does show how resilient and chronic this bacteria can be.
I remember the day as if it were yesterday. We were at a local creek, and the tick was only attached for a few hours. My husband saw the tick, as well as my parents, and my father removed the tick for me.
A few weeks later I developed flu-like symptoms and a rash (but not the typical bull’s-eye). Because my case was not a “textbook” diagnosis, I was sent away without even being prescribed precautionary antibiotics.
Also, I was told that we did not have Lyme disease in Georgia so the doctor refused to order a Lyme disease test. Pretty tragic that the urgent care doctor’s decision and lack of knowledge has affected my entire life six years later.
The misconception that Lyme does not exist in the South or that it cannot be chronic has prolonged my diagnosis and ultimately my healing process. This is such a common controversy regarding Lyme that it’s sickening and heartbreaking — all of the people suffering, ones that gave up, ones that didn’t have a chance to fight and ones that have been fighting for years without much progress. See, treatment for Lyme disease varies from person to person and is a long, brutal process that is anything but linear.
If anything, please read and understand this: Lyme disease is a devastating disease and especially when it is not diagnosed and treated right away. Unfortunately, for me and many others, it can take years to get properly diagnosed and start treatment. It took me 46 doctors and four years. Every time I saw new doctors, they would judge me solely on my age and how I looked. Lyme disease is invisible in almost everyone who has it.
During my search for answers and relief, I only got worse as my illness progressed. See, the Lyme bacteria are spirochetes which are shaped like corkscrews… corkscrews that drill their way into every single tissue — brain, heart, any organ, muscle, and bone. These spirochetes are masterminds and are very stealthy. They will hide in these tissues and can go unrecognized for years and even a lifetime, all while wreaking havoc on the host’s body and immune system.
The tests that the CDC recommends for Lyme disease miss 56 percent of cases! This is a huge problem because now this illness is being labeled as an epidemic by scientists and doctors… yet no one is talking about it. There are no commercials for Lyme disease medications or treatments… it’s not on talk shows or radio stations. It is only the sick who talk about Lyme disease. You don’t get it until you get it.
Friends and family members of the sick may grow tired of hearing about it and may not even believe them. If they cannot fathom the pain and effects of this illness, they may deem that person as “dramatic” or “attention-seeking.” When all we want is to get better. To have a chance to get our lives back. To make sure others don’t suffer from this horrendous and preventable illness.
We need recognition, we need accurate testing, we need Lyme-literate (knowledgeable) doctors, we need understanding, we need awareness, we need a cure!
Alyssa Whitlock writes about her experiences with Lyme disease and dysautonomia in her blog “Finding Happiness Through Hurt.”
Small itchy bumps sprouting on testicles after a tick bite?
sam over a year ago
I had a tick infestation for some time after accepting a new puppy into the fold, but I recently found a new home for him and cleansed the area of blood-sucking creatures. However before I got rid of him, I got this precarious (what I presume to be a) tick bite right on my testicles. It was quite itchy for a while, so I pasted some neosporin onto it and let it be. It had a small black head at the tip of the bump, but it has since receded.
That was about two weeks ago. Now however, my testicles have broken out in these tiny itchy bumps. I’ve thoroughly washed my clothes and scrotum but they persist. They aren’t discolored, and seem to be mostly at the bottom of my testicles. These have persisted for a while now, and I can’t determine if they’re parasitic or infectious in nature, but I have noticed that it’s spread to my right inner thigh as well. They’re extremely annoying.
Could it be fungal? What should I use to treat it?
Justme072710167248 over a year ago
Signs of Lyme disease that appear on your skin
Signs of Lyme disease
If you find a sign of Lyme disease on your skin, see your primary doctor right away. When caught early and treated, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics and most people recover fully.
Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a black-legged tick. This bite can deliver the microbe that causes the disease. If you are bitten by this tick and develop Lyme disease, you may see a bull’s-eye rash. It’s a common sign of Lyme disease, but it’s not the only sign.
Lyme disease occurs in stages. Here’s what you may see on your skin during each stage.
Stage 1: Quickly expanding rash
After being bitten by a black-legged tick, a quickly growing rash can appear. This is the earliest stage of Lyme disease, known as stage 1.
Most people who develop a rash, get it within days or weeks of being bitten by a tick.
Where you see the rash: If you develop a rash, it appears near (or where) the tick bit you. For most people, that means the back, groin, armpit, or a lower leg. However, a tick can bite you anywhere.
What the rash can look like: You may see a spot or bump on the skin, which is the bite mark. Around or near the bite mark, a rash develops. Some people see the bull’s-eye rash (shown below). You can also have one of the other rashes shown here.
Early rash caused by Lyme disease
Notice the bite mark in the center of this early rash, which will expand quickly.
Bull’s-eye rash on woman’s upper arm
This is another early sign of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease rash with lighter color on the outside
This rash has expanded, but you can still see the bite mark in the center.
Rash from Lyme disease has begun to clear
As the rash begins to clear, the redness fades.
If you develop a rash during this stage, you may notice that it:
Feels smooth and warm to the touch
Causes a burning sensation
Itches or feels painful
Has an outer edge that feels scaly or crusty
When the rash and symptoms begin: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rash begins 3 to 30 days after the tick bites you.
About 50% of people who have Lyme disease develop flu-like symptoms , which include:
Swollen lymph nodes near the bite
Symptoms tend to begin before the rash appears.
Stage 2: Small, oval rashes or a reddish lump
When a tick that causes Lyme disease bites you, it infects you with bacteria. Without treatment, the bacteria can spread to other areas of your body. If it spreads, you have stage 2 Lyme disease.
During this stage, you may see small, oval rashes on your skin. Some people develop a bluish-red lump.
Where you see these signs: Because the infection has spread, small rashes can appear anywhere on your skin, except for your palms and soles. Most rashes appear on the arms, legs, and face.
Some people develop a lump, which your doctor may refer to as borrelial lymphocytoma. In children, this lump tends to appear on an earlobe. Adults often see a raised growth form around a nipple.
Borrelial lymphocytoma on a child’s ear
This can appear in stage 2 of Lyme disease.
What you may see on your skin: The rashes that appear during stage 2 differ from the rash that can appear in stage 1. In stage 2, the rashes stay the same size rather than grow larger.
When the rashes, lump, and symptoms begin: About 30 to 45 days after the tick bites you, you may notice rashes or a lump. These can also take longer to appear, sometimes six months or more.
Some people develop symptoms, which make them feel ill, including:
Arthritis that comes and goes
Muscles aches, especially neck stiffness
Numbness or pain
Shortness of breath and dizzy spells
Bell’s palsy, which causes one half of the face to droop
Heart problems, such as chest pains or an irregular heartbeat
How long do the rashes, lump, and symptoms last: If treated with antibiotics, signs and symptoms tend to clear within three weeks. Without treatment, the symptoms tend to come and go indefinitely, and some people develop stage 3 Lyme disease.
Stage 3: Changing skin
In stage 3, few signs of Lyme disease appear on the skin. Most problems occur in the heart and nervous system, and these can be serious.
Where you see signs on your skin: If you were in Europe when bit by a tick, you may see changes to your skin in this late stage. These changes usually appear on a hand or foot. Some people develop this change on both of their hands or feet. It can also occur on a knee, elbow, or elsewhere.
What the skin looks like: The skin begins to swell, and you may notice some redness. These signs are caused by having a bacterial infection for a long time. The affected skin may also feel sore.
In time, the skin starts to harden and shrink, causing deep lines to form. If you have hair in the area, it tends to fall out. The sweat glands can die, and the skin often becomes so thin that it tears easily. The medical name for this condition is acrodermatitis chronical atrophicans.
In stage 3, you may also see tumors on your skin. It is believed that the long-term infection and swelling in the lymph nodes can lead to a cancer known as cutaneous B-cell lymphoma.
Skin starts to harden and shrink, causing deep lines to form
The medical name for this condition is acrodermatitis chronical atrophicans. Swelling, hardened skin, and deep lines on the foot of someone who has had Lyme disease for years.
When you see signs of changing skin and symptoms: These tend to occur months or years after you are bitten by a tick.
In stage 3, a person tends to have many symptoms of illness, which may include:
Problems remembering and concentrating
How long the changes last: Even with treatment for Lyme disease, the changes to the skin, tumors, and symptoms tends to be permanent.
Seek medical care early to prevent Lyme disease from progressing
It’s easy to get bit by a tick and not know it. Most people don’t feel a tick on their skin or the bite. Checking your skin for ticks after spending time outdoors can help you find a tick and remove it.
Removing a tick can prevent Lyme disease. A tick must be attached to your skin for at least 36 hours to infect you with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
It’s not always possible to find a tick, so it’s important to pay close attention to your skin. If you notice any signs of Lyme disease or develop a rash, get medical care right away. Ticks can cause other serious diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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