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Tick 411

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a tick?

  1. 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).

  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.

  3. 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.

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    See also: Six Tick Misconceptions, Four (surprising) places ticks hang out

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