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Onlinedoc, General Physician
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I found what I think is a tick in my hair. It was still

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I found what I think is a tick in my hair. It was still alive and crawling around after I pulled it out. Should I be worried? Could I have picked it up two days ago before i found it and still be alive? I did not have to pull hard to get it out but my scalp is irritated.
JA: It's hard to know for sure. The Doctor will figure it out. The Doctor will need to help you with this. Is there anything else important you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: I have never had a tick bite before. I rubbed alcohol on the area. It was stinging. I have no clue how I picked it up.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 5 months ago.


As per your description,most likely you had picked it up outside.
Ticks can be found in grasses, fields and wooded areas. They can detect warmth and carbon dioxide from humans and animals and will attach when this is detected. They live on blood from humans and animals.
If you have animals close to where you live,the ticks can be falling off of these animals and getting onto you.

As you had clean the bite and now apply triple antibiotic ointment to the bite.
Keep a close eye on the bite if you develop a rash, a red ring around the bite or flu like symptoms you will need to see your doctor.

Symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever can include fever greater then 102, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, headache, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea and joint pain.

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Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 5 months ago.

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