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How long after a tick bite might it take for symptoms to appear if you got something from it? it was attached at least 24 hours.

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Family Medicine 39 years experience
Varies: Most tick-borne infections have an incubation period from a couple days up to 2-4 weeks, depending on the organism. The following site gives a chart describing infections, incubation period, & other pertinent info for minnesota: http://www.Health.State.Mn.Us/divs/idepc/dtopics/tickborne/guide.Html.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Varies: Depending upon the type of tick, the region of the country and the type of disease you may be concerned about the incubation period may be as long as 10-14 days. Talking about rocky mt. Spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, lyme disease, babesiosis, california encephalitis, some forms of borrellia and other infections, in addition to tick paralysis. This could take a book to answer.
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