When to Seek Medical Care
- Call or see a doctor if any of these conditions exist:
- The person or child bitten by a tick exhibits any weakness, paralysis, lethargy, confusion, fever, numbness, headache, or rashes.
- The tick cannot be removed from the skin, or the head and mouthparts remain
in the skin after removal.
- Symptoms listed above persist or get worse.
- Pregnant women should inform their doctors of tick bites and particularly before they take any medications.
- Immunosuppressed individuals (for example those with HIV or cancer or who are receiving cancer chemotherapy) should inform their physicians of tick bites.
- Go immediately to a hospital's emergency department if a tick bite causes any of the following:
- Weakness or paralysis
- Difficulty breathing
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