What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a tick?
If the tick is on you, save it! Ticks can be tested in the lab to see which diseases they carry. Trap the tick in a container (an empty prescription bottle works fine) and bring it to your doctor’s appointment (see #2).
See an infectious disease specialist ASAP. Your physician can order a simple blood test for most tick-borne infections, including Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme-causing bacteria), Borrelia hermsii (cause of Tickborne Relapsing Fever), Babesia, and Ehrlichia.
Monitor yourself for symptoms of tickborne illness, including fever, chills, night sweats, headache, rashes, and joint/muscle pain. Keep your doctor updated on your symptoms.