A 47-year-old member asked:
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i am having trouble identifying a tick that bit me. what should i do?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
25 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Clean the area, keep tetanus up to date. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a 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 Dec 10, 2013

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