Ticks

  • Medical Author:
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

  • Medical Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

Lyme disease picture

Tick Bites Disease Symptoms

Lyme disease is caused by infection with a bacterium called a spirochete(Borrelia burgdorferi) and is transmitted to humans by infected ticks.

Patients with early stage Lyme disease symptoms have a characteristic rash(erythema migrans) accompanied by nonspecific symptoms (for example, fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, myalgia, and arthralgia). Lyme disease can usually be treated successfully with standard antibiotics.

Quick GuideLyme Disease Symptoms, Rash, Treatments

Lyme Disease Symptoms, Rash, Treatments

Tick facts

  • Ticks are scientifically classified as Arachnida (a classification that includes spiders). The fossil record suggests ticks have been around at least 90 million years.
  • Most tick bites do not transmit harmful microbes.
  • There are a variety of tick-borne diseases.
  • There is a wide range of symptoms that usually develop days to weeks after the tick bite. The symptoms depend on the particular microbe that is transmitted.
  • For all tick bites, local cleansing and antibiotic cream may be applied.
  • There are safe and effective methods for the removal of all types of ticks.
Reviewed on 8/19/2016
References
REFERENCES:

Burns, Bo. "9 Bug Bites Your Need to Know." July 27, 2016. Medscape.com. <http://reference.medscape.com/features/slideshow/bug-bites>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Symptoms of Tickborne Illness." June 1, 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html>.

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