Ticks are small insects that bite and attach themselves to the body of a human or animal and feed on blood. The infection due to a tick bite mainly depends on the type of tick, the duration of the bite and the season of the year. Normally there is little chance for a person to develop any infection even after a bite. However, it is always advisable to monitor ticks and rashes to avoid an unpleasant situation.
Not every tick carries infectious agents. Only a few species are responsible for a possible infection in mammals. But if you or a person around you is accidentally bitten by a tick and develops tick bite rashes, it is advisable to contact a doctor as soon as possible. This information below will help you understand when to consult a doctor and what preventive measures should be taken until you visit a doctor.
Tick bite and its symptom:
A tick bite on any exposed body part, such as neck, face, armpits or stomach can develop rashes. Some of the allergic reactions such as the bullseye tick bite rash can be fatal. Rashes caused by deer tick (one of the species) are responsible for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is identifiable in its early stages, so if you have any doubts about how it was bitten by a tick, note the characteristics of the tick. This information will help the doctor decide the course of action since not all rashes can be fatal or develop in Lyme disease. In fact, most rashes start to disappear without any treatment.
Tick bite care and precaution:
The information provided on the type of check mark helps the doctor to identify if the check mark was a nymph or was mature. Rashes appear on the affected skin a few days after being bitten. If the rash is pink or red, it can be diagnosed as migrating erythema. Sometimes, the affected area can develop a larger bullseye tick bite rash. However, the rash can vary in size and appearance and can be seen in more than one place on the person’s body.
If you don’t receive the proper medications in time, a rash can spread quickly to 20-30 cm or sometimes 20-30 inches in size. Rashes can be itchy and painful enough. The rashes are sometimes very reddish or rather weak. It is also possible that you can develop Lyme disease without any symptoms, that is, without rashes.
Tick bite rashes along with fever, joint pain and headache must be addressed immediately as they can sometimes prove fatal. However, the rashes that appear after a few hours of tick bite can be normal and can be taken as reactive skin reactions.
It should be noted that there are some types of ticks that can cause life-threatening diseases and that only a tick bite rash can develop in Lyme infection. However, it is advisable to note the nature and appearance of the rash to prevent the condition from getting worse.