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what to do if i just recently got bitten by a tick at my friends house. will i get lyme disease?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: Not unless it is a deer tick and has been attached to your skin for several hours and is engorged with blood.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I like to hike, does this make me more susceptible to Lyme disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: If you hike in an area known to harbor the ticks that can carry lyme disease you are certainly more likely to get it than the city dweller that avoids such activity. That said, pre-hike preparation using repellants &light colored long sleeve clothing can reduce risk. A post hike body check for feeding ticks can also help as the ticks must feed for several hours before transmission is likely.
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I have a pet, how can I make sure they don't bring home Lyme disease infected ticks?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Lyme ticks: Discuss this with your veterinarian. It is very important to decrease your exposure to these tics.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is Lyme disease contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: A person with LD is not going to spread it to others in their social contact. It is passed thru a tick bite if the tick is a carrier.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are the heart regularities caused by Lyme disease fatal?

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Dr. Ravinder Rustagi
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LYME DISEASE: Lyme disease can cause serious heart irregularities including complete heart block which can be fatal if not treated properly.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does a tick bite look like on a human?

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Tick bite: If the tick is actually biting when you see it, it will be a small brown or black bug attached by his legs and mouthparts to your body. Black text are about 4 mm across or bigger and deer ticks or brown ticks about 3 mm across. After biting you may have a small growing red spot which itches somewhat for over subsequent days; you could actually develop a larger round spot. See a doctor immediately.

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