- A tick (small brown bug) is attached to the skin A tick recently was removed from the skin
- The bite is painless and doesn't itch; so ticks may go unnoticed for a few days. After feeding on blood, ticks become quite swollen and easy to see. Ticks eventually fall off on their own after sucking blood for 3 to 6 days.
- The wood tick (dog tick) is the size of a watermelon seed and can sometimes transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Colorado tick fever. The deer tick is between the size of a poppy seed (pin head) and an apple seed, and can sometimes transmit Lyme disease.
- The risk of Lyme disease following a recognized deer tick bite in a high risk area is estimated to be only
1.4%. Almost all infections start with a bull's eye rash (erythema migrans) at the site of the tick bite. Antibiotics can be given at this time. The routine use of antibiotics following tick bites to prevent Lyme disease is not recommended.
Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If
- Your child looks or acts very sick You can't remove the tick after trying topic advice You can't remove tick's head that broke off in the skin after trying topic advice (Note: if the removed tick is moving, it was completely removed). Widespread rash occurs 2 to 14 days following the bite Fever or severe headache occurs 2 to 14 days following the bite Bite looks infected (red streaking from the bite area, yellow drainage) (Note: infection doesn't start until at least 24-48 hours after the bite.)