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Handling a Sticky Ticky Issue

Tick infestation of the lower eye lid is quite a rare condition. We describe the case of a 50-year-old woman who presented with pain and itching of her right lower eyelid. Slit lamp examination revealed a tick strongly attached to the eyelid margin. The tick was successfully removed using fine forceps, and within one week, the patient fully improved without any complications. Ticks are a public health hazard as they are known vectors of numerous infectious agents responsible for Lyme disease. Ticks may also provoke cutaneous anaphylactic reactions, and rarely, tick paralysis. Therefore, there is a need to make people aware of the presence of this parasite in our environment even in urban scenarios. Early and complete extraction of the parasite can prevent severe anaphylactic reaction and transmission of zoonoses


Bijnya Birajita Panda,Sucheta Parija

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