As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outdoors, particularly in the woods and high grass areas, we become more susceptible to tick bites. Fortunately, at CityMD, our doctors are trained to remove ticks and proactively treat potential infections or tick-borne diseases.
What to do if you’re bitten by a tick.
If you suspect you have been bitten by a tick or see a tick on you, the most important thing you should do is see a physician within 48 to 72 hours. Within that time frame, preventative antibiotics could be administered, reducing your chances of getting Lyme disease.
If you are able to see a doctor right away, it’s best to let a physician remove the tick for you. At CityMD you will receive proper medical evaluation and we will ensure that there are no foreign bodies remaining, which could lead to infection.
The black-legged tick, or ‘deer tick’ is the only tick species that carries Lyme disease - this tick happens to be most prevalent in the Northeast. Tick bites and Lyme disease become more common with warmer temperatures, as we start to see a rise in these cases beginning in April and continuing through July.
If you can’t visit us in person, we have options for you. Schedule an online appointment with a provider on your smartphone or tablet using the My Summit Health app.
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