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Ticks (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Tick Bite?

  • 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:
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Confusion
    • Weakness or paralysis
    • Numbness
    • Vomiting
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Palpitations
Last Reviewed 9/11/2017

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