I have had more tick bites than I care to mention here. Last year one of the tiny deer ticks stayed in possibly close to 24 hours so it was recommended that I start on antibiotics immediately; I had a large rash at the bite site. This last month I have had a half a dozen tick bites ( not counting the larger dog ticks that just walk about or grab a flake of skin) and I have reacted to the bites almost immediately, faster each time. Two days ago one possibly stayed in three or four hours before I started feeling pain and in such a short period of time I had a rash and swelling and considerable ache. Last night I felt pain in my neck half an hour after my walk and sure enough a tiny tick was barely in me. Could not have been for longer than 45 minutes. I got it out without problems because , like I said, it was barely in me. I got a big rash, welt, pain throughout the night.
None othese ticks were in me very long at all, and I kept each one with the date, just in case. The rashes are getting better but I had a night of pain up to a 4 in the little smiley to desperate pain chart, which is more than just an ache.
I don't think that this has anything to do with Lyme disease, which I have been reading about for years, but rather an allergic reaction to the tick's saliva.
Why am I developing this now and does it make sense that every time I react faster and "harder" ? I reacted most to the third bite in 36 hours, from a tick that was barely in and for a very short period of time. Is this because right now my immune system is up in arms and ready to go at it full fledge? Is it likely that this will continue getting worse and should I worry, not about current bites, but how strongly I will react to future ones?