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Skin Problems & Treatments Health Center

Tick Bites - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. These may include:
    • Sudden raised, red areas (hives) all over your body.
    • Swelling of the throat, mouth, lips, or tongue.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Passing out (losing consciousness). Or you may feel very lightheaded or suddenly feel weak, confused, or restless.

Though rare, tick bites could trigger a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. If epinephrine is available, do not hesitate to use it. Using the epinephrine auto-injector as a precaution will not harm you and could save your life. Call 911 after using the pin.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have signs of infection, such as:
    • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness around the bite.
    • Red streaks leading from the bite.
    • Pus draining from the bite.
    • A fever.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You develop a new rash.
  • You have joint pain.
  • You are very tired.
  • You have flu-like symptoms.
  • You have symptoms for more than 1 week.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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