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A 33-year-old female asked:

Does my risk of lyme disease increase if the tick head gets stuck in the skin during the removal process?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Lyme Disease: Only blacklegged ticks in the highly endemic areas of the northeastern and north central U.S. Are commonly infected. Finally, blacklegged ticks need to be attached for at least 24 hours before they can transmit lyme disease. This is why it's so important to remove them promptly and to check your body daily for ticks if you live in an endemic area.
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Last updated Aug 3, 2018

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