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.