I've never seen a deer tick in my life until 2009. That spring I had 5 of them all over my body, after seeing HUNDREDS of them in my outdoor storage area.
Had big red lumps where they all bit, but no bullseyes at all. Itchy as hell. The red lumps lasted almost 2 years before finally going away ... then I got hit with another bastard, right in the belly. Same red nasty lump, but this one was gone in 6 months. Never went to the doctors - not a big fan of them unless it's life or death. Don't really trust them - I have my reasons. I tried soaking them in alcohol, then brake cleaner - neither did a thing. Then I started burning them - first with hot water in the shower, then with a hair dryer at close range. The one that I burnt bad enough to hurt myself went away first, so I kept doing it. Eventually they all went away. Had a few start itching out of the blue, & started looking as if it was coming back, but I burned them again & they've been gone since. Been 9 months since that last tick bite, & over 2 years since the first ones.
EDIT: Just found this pic & I got my times wrong ( damn memory ...) - was there in May (when I always get bit) according to date stamp, & was gone by August - so was gone in 3 months vs. 2 years for the last time, & has only been 5 months since this last one healed.
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