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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have found two ticks on my the past 2 weeks.  The first one I had itched so bad and raised up and turned red and hard.  Seems like whenever I get a bug bite or tick that it takes forever for it to heal.  I still have a place where the tick was but it is almost gone finally after two weeks.  I also have like these bites on the back of my leg right where my knee creases.  My dad thought it could've a spider bite maybe but it itches like crazy on and off too and seems to take a while to go away.  Could this be because my body is more sensitive to stuff like that due to my lupus and its just harder for my body to fight it off because of my immune system?  Does anyone else have this problem?? 
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   Posted 5/13/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm not sure . . . but if your immune system is over responsive, maybe that's it. One of my kids, when he was little had WAY big reaction to bites. He'd swell up horribly. So, we used to say he was allergic to mosquitoes. But he didn't respond that way as a teen or an adult. So who knows.

The lyme board might know more about the tick bites.


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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ashley,
My boyfriend gets like that and brings home multiple ticks every day. The weather is really right for them this year. Anyway, they often swell because you don't get the head out. I have found it hard to get the head out because I swell when I get bit. But the other problem is that I take so many meds the ticks die attached to me, and then I swell up around the head and can't get the tick to release because its dead. I had the same problem with a flea. I had a bg mosquito bite that had a blackspot inthe middle. Iput some cortisone cream on it to stop the itch ad swelling and then took tweezers to the center. I was able to see the flea, having died on biting me and drinking my blood, and the skin had reacted to the dead flea by swelling up around it.

You know you are on too many meds when fleas and ticks die like that!

If you think you still have the head in you,which happens all the time, I use neosporin ointment and cortisone cream, but it takes forever for it to go away, I will be picking at it a month later. Try to get the whole tick out by havingsomeone else remove it for you using tweezers and lighting a match, blowing it out, and putting the smoking hot endof the match on the tick. I have become used to using OFF deep woods. It really helps. Skin So Soft, mixed with half water and sprayed on with a spray bottle also repels insects. I have found the little hard ticks/deer ticks die and wash off in the shower with plain soap, but they can live in the drain and shower walls, looking like a speck of dirt, so I spray the shower and drain regularly. I've had them get me in the shower after my boyfriend took one.

I hope you don't get real sick from the ticks. I get sick from yellowflies. I would see the doc if you keep having problems.
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   Posted 5/14/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I use an alcohol pad on the tick and then firmly grasp it and pull it out. Make sure you don't let the ticks stay on for more then 24 hours, that's when you can run the risk of lyme disiease. I react to all kinds of bites and most turn into nasty hives. If you have dogs the very best thing to prevent ticks is the Preventic collar. It kills and detaches ticks for about 3 months. By the way, I used to work as a vet tech and the amazing thing is that I am completely clear for Lyme disease. That was a surprise.


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   Posted 8/16/2015 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been bitten - fleas? no see'ums? bed bugs? - on torso front & back, armpits, groin, backs of knees, thighs. I have cats but they have all been treated. This is driving me crazy & has been going on now for several weeks. The only thing that works is a scalding hot shower - several times a day & sometimes in the middle of the night.

I have bombed my car with a fogger & bombed some of the rooms in my house but I am still getting new bites!

The logical culprit would be the cats, but they're not scratching & have all been treated with Frontline. I am getting desperate! I have even called Terminex but then I have to get all the cats out of the house (I run a rescue) & getting ready for Terminex is a week long job in itself.

The bites are red with a darker dot (probably where I have scratched). One of them, a different bug, I think, had a clear bubble on it. I scratched that away. The bites are scattered at r andom & are NOT in a straight line as some bites are. I am at wit's end.

I am in my 70s, the weather is hot hot & I am itching & getting really cranky. Any suggestions?


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   Posted 8/16/2015 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Pam, do you have moss in your trees? You might have chiggers. Paint nail polish on the spots or get chiggerRid.
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