Tick and Other Insect Bites
Medical and Surgical Dermatology

Tick and Other Insect Bites

  • A myriad of insects can cause a wide range of skin problems, from isolated itchy “bumps” to widespread disease. Skin manifestations tend to be seasonal and can vary in severity and symptoms.
  • In the Northeast, ticks are very common and some have the potential to transmit Lyme disease.
  • Ticks that are discovered within 24 hours of attaching to the skin have a very low risk of transmitting the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease.
  • Lyme disease presents initially with a target-like red rash surrounding the tick bite and is easily treated with an oral antibiotic.
Our treatment approach:
Medical treatment: Procedures:
Topical or oral antihistamines Laboratory testing (Lyme antibodies)
Topical steroids
Oral doxycycline