(small brown bug) is attached to the skin.
A tick recently was removed from the skin.
The wood tick (dog tick) is the size of a watermelon seed and
can sometimes transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Colorado tick fever.
The deer tick is between the size of a poppy seed (pin head)
and an apple seed, and can sometimes transmit Lyme disease.
The bite is painless and doesn't itch; so ticks may go unnoticed
for a few days.
Ticks eventually fall off on their own after sucking blood for
3 to 6 days.
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WHEN TO CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR TICK
Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If:
Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9am
and 4pm) If:
- You think
your child needs to be seen.
Red-ring or bull's eye rash occurs around a deer tick bite (Lyme
disease rash begins 3 to 30 days after the bite).
Probable deer tick and it was attached for more than 24 hours
(or tick appears swollen, not flat).
Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If
You have other questions or concerns
Parent Care at Home If:
with no complications and you don't think your child needs to be seen.
HOME CARE ADVICE FOR TICK
- Reassurance: Most
tick bites are harmless. The spread of disease by ticks is rare.
- Use a tweezers and grasp the wood tick close to the skin (on
- Pull the wood tick straight upward without twisting or crushing
- Maintain a steady pressure until it releases its grip.
- If tweezers aren't available, use fingers, a loop of thread
around the jaws, or a needle between the jaws for traction.
- Tiny deer ticks need to be scraped off with a knife blade or
credit card edge.
- Note: covering the tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish,
or rubbing alcohol doesn't work. Neither does touching the tick with a
hot or cold object.
Tick's Head: If the wood tick's head breaks off in the
skin, remove it.
- Clean the skin with rubbing alcohol.
- Use a sterile needle to uncover the head and lift it out.
- If unsuccessful, call your doctor.
Antibiotic Ointment: Wash the wound and your hands with
soap and water after removal to prevent catching any tick disease. Apply
antibiotic ointment to the bite once.
Expected Course: Tick bites normally don't itch or hurt.
That's why they often go unnoticed.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- You can't remove the tick or the tick's head.
- Fever or rash in the next 2 weeks.
- Bite begins to look infected.
- Your child becomes worse or develops any of the "Call Your
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Pediatric HouseCalls Online. Copyright © 2000-2004
Barton Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
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