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Tick in Man's Ear Gives Him Tinnitus
Date:9/21/2012

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Keamy said the tick could have bitten the man inside his ear, but probably wouldn't have caused permanent damage.

Dr. Michael Lanigan, an attending physician in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City, offered this advice for people who live in or visit places where ticks live: "The best way to prevent tick-borne disease is to check yourself and others -- particularly your children -- for ticks frequently."

Keamy added that it's smart to wear long-sleeved clothing while you're in wooded areas where ticks live. Treating your dog or cat to keep ticks at bay is another good idea, he said. "If you believe you have had a tick bite," he said, "see your primary care physician to discuss possible antibiotic treatment."

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For more on tick bites, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Michael Lanigan, M.D., attending physician in emergency medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York City; Donald Keamy Jr., M.D., pediatric otolaryngologist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston; Sept. 20, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine


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