What were your symptoms associated with a tick bite?
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What are tick bite symptoms and signs?
Unfortunately for the purpose of detection, the tick bite is usually painless and remains that way even after
the tick stops the blood meal and falls off of the skin. Later, the bite site
may develop itching, burning, redness, and rarely, localized intense pain (some
soft tick bites) in some individuals. A few individuals may be sensitive or
allergic to tick bites (tick saliva secretions) and develop rash, shortness of
breath, swelling, numbness, or paralysis. However, the majority of individuals
with tick bites develop no symptoms, and many people do not remember getting bitten.
Some immediate symptoms that infrequently or rarely develop during or
immediately after a tick bite may be fever, shortness of breath, weakness, vomiting,
swelling, weakness or paralysis, headache, confusion, or palpitations.
Individuals with these symptoms should be seen immediately by a doctor.
Recently, researchers have found that the tick bite (mainly the saliva produced by the
lone star tick) has caused thousands of people to become allergic to red meat (beef, pork, venison, and occasionally, milk). People can eat poultry (chicken, turkey) and have no allergic reactions. When they eat red meat, they develop swelling and hives. Some may develop anaphylaxis. The reaction is thought to be due to an alpha-gal antigen in the tick's gut and/or saliva that stimulates an immune response that results in an allergic reaction when red meat is consumed.