In Case of Tick Bite
- First of all, don’t panic! Most tick bites do not transmit Lyme or any other disease.
- Don’t worry if the bite site has black flecks in it. Sometimes the mouth parts of the tick remain at the bite site; they do not transmit disease.
- Expect the bite site to be red for 7 to 10 days. Apply a dab of antibiotic ointment and a dab of 1% hydrocortisone ointment three times a day for five days to minimize this inflammation.
- Please call us if...
- your child develops a ring-shaped red rash (especially if it is at the bite site) in the month following the bite (note: A rash that appears in the first three days after the bite is very unlikely to be Lyme disease)
- your child develops fever in the month following the bite
- your child becomes achy in the month following the bite
- your child develops joint pain or swelling in the month following the bite
- As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer!
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