Will a tick bite always produce a red ring or a guarantee of Lyme disease?

No. Only deer ticks carry the lyme organism, wood ticks do not. Not all deer ticks are infected. The characteristic rash is sometimes easy to miss.

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Could the red and white circles (bulls eye) around a tick bite mean anything other than Lyme disease?

Depends on location . In the southeastern usa, a similar rash can occur following the bite of the lone star tick called southern tick associated tick illness or stari. Progression to arthritis or neurological disease appears not to occur. Read more...
See below. Usually, this is the cardinal sign of lyme disease but theoretically, other diseases like ringworm could be coincidentally present. Read more...

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...

Why is a tick bite called Lyme disease?

Bite can lead to LD. Tick bites may transmit a variety of illnesses if the tick has been infected with a germ that uses the tick as a carrier.Rocky mountain spotted fever, tick bite fever & lime disease are some of the diseases that can be passed by ticks. Not all ticks carry diseases and not all bites will pass the germ. Read more...

What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

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...

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

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...