Yes, when there is a nymphal tick (the smallest of them) there will be a very small raised up area and a small red spot. It may not hardly be visible though. If the tick is still there you should be able to see a small black/brown spot in the center of the red, but not always as the inflammation could cause the skin to kind of "fold over" on the tick. Think of a flea bite for size comparison.
I run my hands over every bit of my dogs & my cat at least once every single day. I have two short haired dogs and one long haired dog, plus a long haired cat that I watch for ticks and fleas on. They think this practice is just me loving on them, but it's really tick checks!!
Always, always keep an eye on any bump or red mark. I've woke up and found a perfect bulls eye rash on the belly of one of my dogs! I never found the tick, so it could have been a mosquito or a flea even.
Humans are a lot easier to check! LOL! Other than the head, we aren't covered with hair like that! I still watch for any unexplainable bumps or red marks on me and hubby, and when we have spent time outside, I insist on full body tick checks for both of us.
I have found that Ortho's Bug-B-Gone (I prefer to use the granules) for treating my yard where everyone spends the most time is very good for keeping the tick numbers (and other biting bugs that can pass these infections) down to a level where I rarely have a tick attach - and I live in the middle of the woods.
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Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15
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