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Doctors And Ticks: What You Need To Know About Seeking Medical Attention For A Tick

If you have just gotten home from a camping trip or a hike and discovered a tick on you, you may find yourself wondering if and when you should contact a doctor. Here is some information you will want to know about doctors and ticks:

Should You Call a Doctor to Remove the Tick? 

No. If you notice a tick on your body, you can remove it yourself or have someone remove it for you. Grab a pair of tweezers and grab a hold of the tick as close to the head as possible and then gently but steadily pull straight out to remove the tick. If you are having trouble removing the tick or if the head breaks off into your skin and you can't get it out, your doctor or an urgent care center can help to remove it. It is important to note that this is not a medical emergency and as such, you should not go to the emergency room in this scenario. 

Should You Notify a Doctor About a Tick on You? 

If you noticed a tick on you, you should call and let your doctor know. Many doctors have begun prescribing preventative antibiotics to patients who have been bitten by ticks. These antibiotics help to prevent infection and some of the illnesses spread by ticks. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics for everyone, while others will do it based on your risk factor, including your age and health conditions. If you have been bitten, let your doctor know and let them decide how to proceed. 

When Should You Worry About a Tick Bite? 

After removing a tick from your body, you should always keep an eye on the bite site. If the area begins to turn red, you see puss or it feels warm to the touch, it may be infected. Additionally, you will want to watch out for a rash, especially one that is in the shape of a bullseye. This type of rash is a common symptom associated with Lyme disease, a disease ticks are notorious for spreading. If you see either of these signs, you will want to make an appointment with your doctor right away. 

In most cases, a tick being on you is harmless. Simply remove the tick, clean the area and contact your doctor for preventative antibiotics. However, if you are unable to get the tick out, break off the head while removing it, develop an infection in the bite area or develop a red, bullseye-like rash, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor or an urgent care center right away. 

Contact a company like Environmental Services Pest Control for more information and assistance.