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 »
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 »
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. Read Full »
Is there a chance of developing Lyme disease after an infective deer tick bite if there are no obvious symptoms?
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 »
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 »
I am diagnosed with Powassan virus infection. Is it a concern?
Query: Hello doctor, I got fever, nausea, and headache. I underestimated it. After three weeks, I suddenly got seizures. I was frightened. The doctor ordered tests and confirmed powassan virus infection. Now they have given me medicine, and now I am under treatment. But will these seizures prevail lifelong... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The bite of an infected tick spreads the Powassan virus. The number of reported cases of people sick from the Powassan virus has increased in recent years. There are no vaccines to prevent or specific medicines to treat the disease. The neurologic effects are common, i... Read Full »
I am seven months pregnant and have got a tick bite. What precautions should I take?
Query: Hello doctor, I am seven months pregnant and I have got a tick bite. I also have a pet dog who bites me, but he is fully vaccinated. What precautions should I take? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. However, I suggest you stay away from animals for the next two to three months and take the tetanus toxoid (consult a specialist doctor, talk with him or her, and take medications with their consent). Read Full »
My brother may have Lyme disease as he was bitten by a tick last year. What precautions should we follow?
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 »
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 »
I got a tick bite two days back with rashes and itchiness. What can I do to get rid of it?
Query: Hi doctor,I got a tick bite two days ago. I was not sure how long it was on me. But now, a lump with red rashes has developed. It is itchy, and a liquid is coming out of it. I feel very tired with headaches. Please help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to iCliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Is there any black sting on the bitten site? Usually, the tick sting will be present; if so, please remove it. I recommend you take the following medications. 1) Tablet Wysolone (Prednisolone) 5 mg twice a day. 2) ... 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 four 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 ... Read Full »
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?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »