Tick Bites

Most tick bites are harmless and result in minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. However, some ticks transmit infections such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your risk after a tick bite and provide treatment to avoid problems after a bite.

Ticks need to be attached for at least 36 hours to transmit Lyme disease, but other illnesses can be spread in less time. Prompt removal of ticks is the first step in preventing tick-borne infection. Remove ticks with tweezers by grasping as close to the skin as possible. Avoid twisting or squeezing too hard as you pull firmly upward. If possible, seal the tick in a container and keep it in the freezer in case it needs to be evaluated for possible diseases later.

If you experience any of the following, see a healthcare provider:

  • The tick can’t be removed entirely
  • A rash after a bite, especially one that has a bull’s eye appearance
  • Flu-like symptoms after a tick bite
  • Signs of infection at the bite
  • You think the tick may have been a deer tick

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