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Tick Bite

Ticks are tiny bugs that attach to the skin of humans and animals. They bite and suck their blood. These tick bites are harmless and primarily dwell in hairy and warm areas of the host. Otherwise, they are commonly found in the soil, shrubs, trees, plants, etc. Severe itching is manifested in the place where it bites and, when pulled out, may cause slight bleeding. Though tick bites are harmless, they can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, etc.

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I had elbow joint pain after a tick bite from my pet dog. Is it due to Lyme disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I had elbow joint pain after encountering a tick bite, most probably from my pet dog. Could this be Lyme disease? How and where should I get tested? Is there any facility for testing it? If so, how much would it cost, and what would happen during the test? Is it curable?  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your elbow joint pain may or may not be related to Lyme disease from a dog tick bite. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. These include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and inflammatory disease, including ar...  Read Full »

Is Lyme’s disease causing me joint pains and depression?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I visited my primary doctor's office, but he was on vacation. I was seen by a nurse practitioner. My main complaint is leg swelling, joint pain, and stomach aches. She asked me to do a series of lab tests and to return a week and a half later. When I went back, she told me that ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I assure you not to worry at all as things may get settled with proper care and follow-up. Yes, depression and the joint disease may definitely be associated with the untreated Lyme disease. There are a lot of things that need to be cleared right away in history. I have ...  Read Full »

I was attacked by hives and ticks were found. Can it cause Lyme's disease?

Query: Hello doctor. I went to the national forest last week for a camping trip with my boyfriend. The trip was cut short as I had to be rushed into the ER with hives. The ENTs first thought I might have fallen in a poison ivy bush. But I did not. This happened after the first night. The morning, I woke up...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I am glad you received prompt medical attention for your hives and that ticks were found during your ER (emergency room) visit. While it is possible that you could have contracted Lyme disease from the tick bite, it is essential not to panic ...  Read Full »

I recently found a tick on me. Can I have Lyme disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 38 years old and really scared because I recently found a tick on me. I have been reading about Lyme disease and I am terrified that I might have been infected, and I do not know what to do. I have heard that Lyme disease can cause serious problems if not treated early. I am exper...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, Lyme disease is caused by ticks, but if ticks bite you, then only you can get Lyme disease. Otherwise, there are no chances of getting Lyme disease. So if there are any bite marks on the body, then you should go for a checkup otherwi...  Read Full »

I found a tick on my body post-outdoor activity. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, After spending time outdoors, I recently found a tick on my body, and I am concerned about the risk of tick-borne diseases. Can you provide information about the early signs and symptoms of such diseases, and when is it advisable to seek medical attention for potential tick-borne infec...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. Tick-borne diseases occur when multiple tick bites introduce infections into the bloodstream. If you do not have any bite marks on your body, there is no need to worry. The symptoms after a tick bite include fever, ch...  Read Full »

What are the diagnostic tests for Lyme disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic migraines with pituitary hyperplasia. Can someone interpret what my report indicate?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Abdul Nasir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the report that you put up (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If I am not mistaken, all three antibodies done for Lymes disease are absent, which means that you do not have Lyme's disease. If any of the three columns had positi...  Read Full »

What precautions are needed for Lyme disease? Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,We live in a wooded region where Lyme disease is common. My brother got a tick bite last year, and we are worried if he will get Lyme disease. What measures should we take right now to prevent these diseases? Should he get evaluated, or should he wait for symptoms? What medication should h...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Lyme disease is a vector-borne disease caused by bacteria, borrelia, and spread by blackleg ticks. It can produce various symptoms, including fever, rash (typically in the form of a pattern known as Bull's eye rash), joint discomforts, and...  Read Full »

How often can an infective deer tick bite cause Lyme disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a few questions regarding Lyme disease. 1. Is there any chance of developing an infection after an infective deer tick bite with no obvious symptoms, such as a bull's eyes rash? 2. What are the chances of getting serious symptoms like joint inflammation after infection? 3. Are t...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lyme disease is a common vector-borne disease caused by bacteria, Borrelia, and transmitted by blackleg ticks. It can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and headache. The rash is typical bull's eye rash and can spread. If left untreated, it can spread to various organ sy...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old son got bitten by a tick two months ago. Did it transmit Lyme disease and rickettsia?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 4 years old and was bitten by a tick a couple of months ago. He was interpreted with a rickettsia, which is a high-grade fever rash. He was asked to take a Josamycin antibiotic for two weeks. Then he was fine for a few weeks. However, today he has had a high-grade fever for the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Please do an IgG (immunoglobulin G) western blot test to confirm Lyme disease. The knee pain and fever may be a late manifestation of Lyme disease. Further management will depend on the reports. As of now, I suggest you can give (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with ...  Read Full »

Are antibody detection testing confirmatory for Lyme disease?

Query: Hi doctor, My 26-year-old daughter had a tick bite and tested positive for Lyme disease this summer. She took a month-long round of Doxycycline. She re-tested last week, and she was still testing positive for Lyme antibodies on the Western blot test. Her first antibody test was 1.91 antibodies. The...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no need to take one more antibiotics course because Lyme disease antibodies may stay in the body for years. Only antibody detection is not confirmatory for diagnosis. Few false-positives may be seen in viral fevers, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections. So...  Read Full »

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