Tick bite

Pyrrhus

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Panicking over a tick bite as I already have severe M.E.

Any advice, please? Should I take antibiotics? I have amoxicillin here.
When my mother got a tick bite, the doctor prescribed antibiotics "just in case".

Her doctor's logic makes sense to me, since the risk of waiting for a tick-borne bacterial infection to show up in blood tests is the risk of the bacterial infections becoming much much harder to treat in the future...

But which antibiotics would be appropriate in this instance?
 

Irat

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doxycycline,within 72 hours...,if you have removed the tick immediately and your still scared a single dose for prevention would be enough as far as I can remember......you can google it what is recommended ..not sure when they give it for 2 weeks .
 

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What does your Dr. recommend. Good luck. Lenora.
 
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Should I take antibiotics? I have amoxicillin here.
I'm not sure amoxicillin is the best ABX for tick bites, but I'm not sure. It's a fairly limited one, and not as strong as I'd imagine might be used for potential repercussions of a tick bite. But I really dont know for sure :confused::confused::confused: ....


It could be that even a weaker and non-targeted ABX might be better than nothing.

Do you have the telltale red bullseye rash where the tick bit?

ABX's can screw around with you, too, or at least they do with me and a few others I've read in these threads ...
 

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These are some recommendations from Dr Marty Ross: https://www.treatlyme.net/guide/antibiotics-for-acute-tick-bites

About antibiotics he says, "The best antibiotic to use is Doxycycline because it treats Lyme and can treat the other tick borne infections like anaplasma, ehrlichia, babesia, bartonella, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever if they are present. For an adult I recommend 100 mg 2 times a day.

If someone cannot take doxycycline, the alternative antibiotics include amoxicillin, cefuroxime, and azithromycin. However, there are no studies showing the proper dose or duration of these alternatives.

I do not recommend herbal antibiotics of any kind for an acute tick bite because there is no research evidence showing they work for an acute tick bite.

My recommendations for treatment duration are based on my clinical experience of what works and the one mouse study showing 20 days prevents Lyme disease in infected mice."

Though if you can I would read the full page from his site.
 
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If it looks like you have an infection around the bite area I might consider antibiotics but if not, I myself would not consider them.