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    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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