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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
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Can i get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
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Can i get Lyme disease from my tick bite?

Maybe: If you truly have lyme disease, an infection....It is transmitted to humans by the bite of a deer tick. It's important that many other types of ticks exist and bite...And do not cause lyme disease. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by tick bites. Symptoms after initial infection include fever, headache, fatigue, and a circular rash that looks like a bull's eye target. Untreated Lyme disease can damage the heart, ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should i still get a test done?

Dr. Randy Baker
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I have the bullseye rash around a tick bite but no other symptoms of Lyme disease. Should i still get a test done?

Get Rx & blood test!: A bullseye rash around a tick bite is considered proof of lyme disease.If you do not have symptoms yet, you almost certainly will over time. It takes time for a blood test to turn positive & you should not wait for this; the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome.Many lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day for a month to be safe.Also get tested for co-infections like babesia. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

Dr. John Leander Po
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I have a bullseye rash around a tick bite but do not have any other symptoms of Lyme disease. Do I need to get a blood test?

Not just Lyme: Avoid being "lyme-centric"! depending on geography, there are several other tick borne diseases ( e.g. Anaplasmosis, babesia, human monocytic or granulocytic erlichiosis) that co-infects with lyme (caused by b. Burgdorferi), or else , the diagnosis is something other than lyme (eg. Relapsing fever caused by b. Hermsii & southern tick -associated rash illness [stari] caused by a diffferent tick. ...Read more

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How long does it take for tick bite to actually cause Lyme disease?

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How long does it take for tick bite to actually cause Lyme disease?

Days to months: It takes just days for a bite from the deer tick to result in sin lesions, but weeks to months to develop arthritis or neurological disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
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How long after a tick bite would you start to see symptoms of Lyme disease?

Dr. Simon Tsiouris
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How long after a tick bite would you start to see symptoms of Lyme disease?

1-2 weeks: If the tick was carrying the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and the bacteria was transmitted via the bite then most individuals will develop a flu like illness with fevers and muscle pains within a week or two. About half will also develop a bullseye rash at the site of the bite. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
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What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

Dr. Howard Feinberg
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Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling , joint pain, and cardiac ( heart) symptoms. ...Read more

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Does ring around tick bite always mean Lyme disease?

Dr. Douglas Mund
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No: The bulls eye lesion clooks just like it says - a bullseye- central redness then a rim of clearing then a larger rim of redness. Just like a bulls eye. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Wright
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How can I tell if a tick bite has turned into Lyme disease or something?

Dr. Christopher Wright
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Other symptoms: In lyme disease, there is usually a "bull's-eye" rash at the site of the tick bite, but this is often missed. Symptoms of more advanced lyme disease can include arthritis, neurological problems, and heart problems. Blood tests can sometimes be helpful in making the distinction. Living in pa, if you had a bite and a rash, treatment for early lyme may be appropriate. Otherwise discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Tick Bite (Definition)

Watch for the symptoms of tick-borne diseases in the weeks following a tick bite -- muscle or joint aches, stiff neck, headache, weakness, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and other flu-like symptoms. Watch for a red spot or rash starting at the ...Read more


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