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A 36-year-old female asked:

Can staying in the house were the dogs have deer tick bring deer tick to you ? and cause lyme disease?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: If the deer tick is on the dog and you don't check for it on them, then the deer tick can jump from the dog to you, potentially transmitting disease.
Dr. Tedde Rinker
A Verified Doctoranswered
44 years experience
It's possible: Not every tick carries lyme disease. In areas where lyme disease is common, possibly 25-30% of the ticks may be carrying lyme. Ticks carry a number of other infections too.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Yes: Only deer ticks carry lyme. Wood ticks do not. About 80% of deer ticks are infected.

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A 32-year-old male asked:

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution

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