Call Your Doctor
- If you develop flu-like symptoms-fatigue, fever, aches, joint pain or a rash. (A fever or flu in the summer is likely to be a sign of a vector borne illness.)
- If a tick has been attached for more than 24 hours (transmission time is debatable, use your best judgment)
- If you are not able to remove a tick. If you feel you doctor is not listening to you, find another doctor. Be your own advocate!
Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics promptly after being bitten usually recover rapidly and completely. Left untreated the disease can progress and symptoms can become debilitating and difficult to treat.