A 43-year-old member asked:
today i got bitten by a tick, what are the chances that i have lyme disease?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Randy Baker answered
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
It depends on...: This depends on many factors. What type of tick? (deer ticks are most likely to transmit lyme). How long was it attached? (it is unusual to get lyme unless the tick is on you for at least 24 hours, though it is possible to get it even if the tick is on for a short time; if on for 48-72 hours chances increase). Where do you live?(ticks have a much greater chance of carrying lyme in certain regions).
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Joseph Bouvier answered
24 years experience Pediatrics
See below: If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted lyme disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor.
Answered on Jul 18, 2013
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