Offering Tick Removal & Bite Treatment in Stratford, CT
Ticks can transmit a range of troubling diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis. But the most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, which can cause a rash and flu-like symptoms along with more serious neurological complications if left untreated. At PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Stratford, Connecticut, we offer tick removal, bite assessment, and treatment as well as treatment for Lyme disease, and you can visit us any day of the week for prompt care.
When to Seek Medical Treatment for a Tick Bite
If you find a tick on you, the first step is to remove it. This is something you can do on your own using a pair of clean tweezers. Simply grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull straight up and away from your skin. Check the area to make sure the entirety of the tick has been removed—the hypostome, or the mouth of the tick, may be embedded under your skin. Then use soap and water to clean the bite area.
Of course, you may feel more comfortable having a medical professional remove the tick, and that’s something PhysicianOne Urgent Care can do for you. Simply stop by our urgent care center and we’ll promptly remove it for you.
If you remove the tick yourself, you may only need to seek medical attention if you start feeling under the weather, as this could indicate that you have developed Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- A bull’s-eye rash around the bite spot
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Neck stiffness
We’ll assess your symptoms and, if necessary, order lab testing. We have an on-site clinical lab and can quickly process your tests for prompt results. If Lyme disease is your confirmed diagnosis, we may prescribe oral antibiotics to clear up the infection.
Stop by PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Stratford today for prompt tick bite removal and treatment. You can check in online to streamline your visit.