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I was bitten by a tick on my calf for I think no more than 24 hours duration. Site of bite is painful upon removal (~24 hours from original bite) and day after removal (48 hours from bite). Bright red sharp circle around bite site, approx. 1-1.5cm in diameter, that increased in redness 48 hours after bite. Red circle encompasses a small purplish bruise at bite site. Feels similar to a painful bruise, but can feel the pain without applying any pressure and the pain sometimes radiates briefly from bite site. Is it possible I have a tick-transmitted bacterial infection? I can submit a photo of the bite site if necessary.

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replied March 29th, 2018
Bacterial Disorders Answer A63532
Welcome to e health forum.

With your history of tick bite and the recent development of a red rash at the site of the bite, the possibility of the rash being due to Lyme disease needs to be ruled out.

FYI Only 2% of tick bites result in Lyme disease. Although only a small number of tick bites lead to Lyme disease: the longer the tick remains attached to your skin, the greater your risk of getting the disease.

A Lyme rash occurs at the site of the tick bite in 80% of people who have early Lyme disease.

The rash due to lyme disease appears like a red, round or oval rash which enlarges in size over days or weeks.

It would be recommended that you consult your doctor for proper medical evaluation and advice. A few blood tests will help to rule out lyme disease.

I hope this helps.

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