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Ticks are tiny parasites that feed on the blood of animals and humans. While most tick bites are harmless and cause little-to-no symptoms, they can carry bacteria and viruses that cause infection.

Ticks are most commonly found in heavily wooded or grassy areas. They are particularly prevalent in the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic (e.g., Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, etc...) regions of the United States. These barely-visible arachnids pass easily between animals and humans, often moving from pet to owner.

After a tick bites, it will attach itself to your body to keep drawing blood. You won't feel the bite as it's occurring. People generally know that they've been bitten by a tick by finding it on their body. As the tick draws blood, it becomes larger. Therefore, the longer that a tick has been attached to you, the bigger it becomes. Ticks may stay attached to the body for up to 10 days.

Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body. Tick bites are most likely to occur on the:

  • Scalp
  • Neck
  • Armpits
  • Groin
  • Back of the knees
  • Around the waist

Tick bite symptoms

While many tick bites don't cause symptoms, some people are allergic to tick bites and may experience the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Common symptoms of a tick bite include:

  • Redness or swelling at the bite area
  • Skin rash
  • Burning sensation in the bite area
  • Itchiness/ irritation
  • Shortness of breath (less common)

Ticks often carry viruses, bacteria, and protozoans that cause infection and disease. These organisms are transmitted to the body when a tick bites you, potentially leading to a tick-borne illness.

Common symptoms of a tick-borne illness include:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Full-body rash
  • Neck stiffness

Tick-born illnesses

Not all tick bites result in illness and disease. However, many ticks carry harmful pathogens that cause potentially serious complications.

Examples of tick-borne illnesses include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Tularemia
  • Ehrlichiosis

Tick removal

The best way to treat a tick bite is to remove the parasite. If you find a tick on your body, removing it can help reduce your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. If you're experiencing the symptoms of an allergic reaction, do not remove the tick on your own and seek medical attention right away.

To remove a tick:

  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the tick away from your skin, being careful not to crush the body of the parasite
  • Pull the tick straight up and away from the skin; do not twist or bend the tick
  • Be careful not to touch the tick with your bare hands or crush the body of the tick, as this can expose you to harmful bacteria
  • Flush the tick down the toilet or submerge it in rubbing alcohol
  • Wash the bitten area with hot water and soap
  • Apply antibacterial ointment to the affected area to help prevent infection

If you are going to see a medical professional about a tick bite, preserve the tick in a plastic bag or lidded jar for evidence. This helps the provider know what kind of tick bit you, and what complications you might be at risk for.

If you begin to notice the signs and symptoms of a tick-borne illness or an allergic reaction, seek medical attention right away. These conditions are more easily treated the earlier they are caught.

Treatment Options
Tick bites rarely require medication for treatment. However, if your health care provider suspects that you may have contracted a tick-borne illness (like Lyme disease), they may prescribe medication to treat that condition.
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Frequently asked questions about tick bite treatment on Sesame

In many cases, tick bites do not cause symptoms that require medical attention. However, if you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction (like redness, itching, and skin irritation) or a tick-borne illness (like fever, nausea, and headaches), it is recommended that you talk to a health care provider.

Sesame offers convenient and affordable online doctor visits with licensed health providers across the country. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of a tick bite reaction, book a video visit with a health care provider to discuss your condition and possible treatment options.

Online doctor visits can be conducted in the comfort and privacy of your own home. During your visit, you will be asked about your symptoms and health history. You may be asked to undergo lab testing for a definitive diagnosis. If testing is required, Sesame will reach out to you about how to schedule this test.

If your doctor determines that you have a tick-borne illness, they will discuss a treatment plan with you. This may include prescription medication. If appropriate, your doctor can prescribe medication through Sesame. Depending on the medication, you can have your prescription delivered to your home or ready for same-day pickup at a pharmacy of your choice. Book a visit today to get started on treatment right away.

Sesame makes it easier than ever to get a new prescription or refill a prescription from the comfort of your own home! To discuss a new online prescription or refill, book a video visit with a doctor or nurse on Sesame to discuss a new online prescription or refill. Clinicians on Sesame can prescribe drugs used to treat tick-borne illnesses.

If your health care provider believes that you have been contracted with a tick-borne illness, they will prescribe medication to treat that condition. Diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are generally treated with a course of antibiotics.

The most common antibiotics used for the treatment of these conditions are:

Note that providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Book a video visit on Sesamecare.com based on the health care you need, and pick up a new prescription or existing prescription refill at a pharmacy of your choice. Browse services on Sesame, set up an appointment with a real doctor at your convenience, and get the care you need.

Booking an appointment with a doctor or nurse online is typically the fastest way to get a prescription! Sesame offers same-day online doctor prescription and prescription refill appointments with board-certified healthcare professionals. If deemed clinically necessary, Sesame providers can provide prescriptions and prescription refills for most non-controlled substances. They can also provide you with a doctor’s note if necessary.

Most online prescription and prescription refill appointments take around 15 minutes, and providers are able to send a prescription to a pharmacy of your choice right after your appointment.

Sesame makes it easier than ever to find and pay doctors online directly - allowing you to book an in-person or telehealth appointment in less than two minutes. To get care today, follow these easy steps:

  • Search for telehealth or in-person appointments by specialty, condition, or provider
  • Choose a provider at a price and time that work for you.
  • Pay for your appointment online, up front.
  • Before your appointment begins, complete a brief medical history form.
  • If you’re seeing a doctor online, click the link sent to your email to join a secure online telehealth appointment. If you’re seeing a doctor in person, go to their office at the time of your appointment.
  • If you are prescribed medication and choose medication delivery, it is usually delivered to your home within 2-3 business days. Otherwise, you can select a local pharmacy often with same-day pick-up. Providers on Sesame can prescribe anything deemed medically appropriate, except for the limited set of controlled substances (as defined under the Controlled Substances Act).

Yes, Sesame makes it easier than ever to get a new prescription or refill one from the comfort of your home! To discuss a new online prescription or refill, book a video visit with a doctor or nurse on Sesame to discuss a new online prescription or refill. Clinicians on Sesame can prescribe drugs that help treat infections, allergies, high blood pressure, and more.

Note that providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Providers on Sesame are incredibly affordable and often less expensive than your copay. The services listed are out-of-network with insurance companies for appointments, but depending on your coverage, your insurance may reimburse you for money spent on healthcare from a provider not normally covered in your insurance network. Sesame provides you with a bill to submit to your insurance for your appointments.

If you have medication prescribed to a local pharmacy, you can use your insurance to pay for medication, and you will only owe your copay or deductible costs for that medication.

We also accept HSA and FSA payments for appointments and medication.

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