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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Help. I was bitten by a deer tick!

Since a very high percentage of Ixodes ticks carry Lyme and other tick borne germs I believe that all bites should be treated. Some sources have suggested that a single dose of Doxycycine, 200mg is effective. Since I have seen patients develop Lyme despite this Therapy I treat for one week. Typically Doxycline 100mg twice daily or Amoxicillin 875mg twice daily will be effective. Removal of the tick with a tweezers by firmly gripping the head is effective. The wound should be treated with an antiseptic. If there is persistent redness or signs of infection at the bite site I extend the course of antibiotics until this completely resolves.

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