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Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015
Question: If you had a tick bite or a tick that had started borrowing on you bit didn't gorge would you reccomend getting antibiotics or wait to see if I get any symptoms. It was a deer tick I live in upstate New York. The tick was on me for about a week I thought it was a new mole at first.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
you should take antibiotics

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

acquiring diseases from tick bites is not very common. Most tick bites prove to be uneventful. Deer bites carry a relatively high risk for Lyme disease, so if the tick has attached to a patient more than 36 hours ago, antibiotic treatment is recommended. The recommended regimen is doxycycline 200mg once only, unless contraindicated.

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Brief Answer: you should take antibiotics Detailed Answer: Hello, acquiring diseases from tick bites is not very common. Most tick bites prove to be uneventful. Deer bites carry a relatively high risk for Lyme disease, so if the tick has attached to a patient more than 36 hours ago, antibiotic treatment is recommended. The recommended regimen is doxycycline 200mg once only, unless contraindicated. Kind Regards!