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

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If you've been bitten by a tick, call your doctor, who may prescribe antibiotics to prevent Lyme disease. You'll only get antibiotics if the tick that bit you was as a deer tick, was attached to you for at least 36 hours, and you have been in an area where there is a high risk of getting Lyme disease.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

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