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Bug bite with ring around it? Mosquito vs. tick bite?

Hey mamas,
My 6 year old was at the park yesterday and acquired what I thought were several mosquito bites on her leg. They were very itchy this morning, so we put some baking soda paste on them. This evening they look like this - https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3922/...bb421c38_b.jpg
The rings around them freak me out a bit as we are in an area with a lot of ticks. But, they otherwise look like skeeter bites to me. Any one experience this?

Mama to DS (7) , DD (5) and DD (2) and expecting a LO in 2/14

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I would get that checked out. That ring does not look like a mosquito bite. Call the dr and get a Lyme test.

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Oh yeah you'd better get that checked for Lyme, if it is Lyme you NEED to catch it early.
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Originally Posted by JamieCatheryn View Post
Oh yeah you'd better get that checked for Lyme, if it is Lyme you NEED to catch it early.
The Lyme disease rash doesn't appear that quickly after a tick bite (about 3 days seems to be the minimum), so if you know your DD got those bites yesterday, Lyme seems very unlikely. You also can't test this soon after a bite.
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That is, IMO, a classic bulls eye rash of Lyme. If she is seen (and I think she should be) they will almost certainly prescribe antibiotics. They won't test b/c it's too soon, and with a rash that classic it is recommended to treat without testing. She was probably bit before getting the bug bites- that's just coincidence. I believe very strongly in antibiotics for Lyme.

ETA: do ALL the bites look like that? I just realized there was more than 1. The other 1 in the photo doesn't have the same look. Also- bug bites will change how they look day to day. If the bullseye is still the same a day after the pic is taken, it would be more classically Lyme.

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