tick bite photo

Asked July 29, 2020, 2:52 PM EDT

Hi, Does this look like a lone star tick? Or some other kind of tick. I had some symptoms like high fever and severe muscle aches. I'm having a virtual visit with my doctor tomorrow. Thank you Susie Collins

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Hi, I'm sorry to hear you're feeling sick. Am I looking at an actual tick or a suspected tick bite (looks like a bite)? I can't diagnose a suspected tick bite or other insect bite because bites vary from person to person and I am not a medical professional. As an entomologist, I can only identify the tick itself. Your red bumps could also be mosquito, flea or deer fly bites. Can you recall where you were and if you saw ticks? Were you at the coast outdoors or hiking? Circumstantial evidence can help us lean toward what is more likely the cause. Please feel free to respond and ask more questions if you have them!