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What does an infection from a tick look like?
Rash. From three to 30 days after an infected tick bite, an expanding red area might appear that sometimes clears in the center, forming a bull's-eye pattern. The rash (erythema migrans) expands slowly over days and can spread to 12 inches (30 centimeters) across.
What does a swollen tick bite look like?
The rash develops as a circular red area that can be anywhere from 5 to 70 cm across. In most cases, the middle part of the rash lightens in color as it expands, resulting in a red outer ring, a light-colored middle ring, and a smaller red circle in the center — resembling a target with the bite as the bullseye.
What does a reaction to a tick bite look like?
The signature rash of a Lyme tick bite looks like a solid red oval or a bull's-eye. It can appear anywhere on your body. The bull's-eye has a central red spot, surrounded by a clear circle with a wide red circle on the outside. The rash is flat and usually doesn't itch.
How long does a tick bite stay red?
With a tick-bite reaction, the red area does not expand over 24 to 48 hours. Small reactions at the bite site can last days to weeks. The earliest stage of Lyme disease occurs at the site of the tick bite. If the rash is Lyme, it will get bigger over days or weeks and will not fade over the next few days.
Should a tick bite hurt after removal?
The actual bite may cause symptoms only after the tick drops off. However, some people may notice local redness (red spot), rash near the bite, itching, burning, and rarely, localized intense pain (soft ticks) before or after the tick drops off.