Z-Lyme Disease – Tick Bite

Ticks are small insects that carry a variety of illnesses including Lyme disease. Ticks are endemic in many regions and certain ticks can transmit Lyme Disease through their bites. A single dose of an antibiotic can help prevent Lyme Disease before it develops into an infection.

What causes Lyme disease?

  • The bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted through the bites of ticks, primarily the deer tick
  • Deer ticks that remain attached to your body for at least 36 hours have the greatest risk

Features of Tick bites and Lyme disease:

  • Not everyone who develops Lyme disease remembers the tick bite because the deer tick is very small and its bite can go unnoticed
  • Some bites have a reaction similar to a mosquito bite, where the area will become itchy and red. Other bites have no reaction at all making them difficult to recognize.
  • Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, a “bull’s-eye” rash at the site of the bite or elsewhere, joint pain or swelling, body aches, muscle aches, general fatigue, headache, and stiff neck

What else should I know?

  • Our online assessment will help determine if you are a good candidate for treatment
  • Treatment with the antibiotic doxycycline right after a deer tick bite reduces the risk of a Lyme disease infection
  • This treatment must occur soon after the tick bite to be effective
  • You may still develop Lyme disease or other tick-borne infections, sometimes without having any early symptoms
  • It is very important to follow up with your provider to see if blood tests for Lyme or other diseases are needed, sometimes weeks or months after the tick bite
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Any necessary prescriptions or vaccine orders will be sent to your pharmacy
  • A copy of any lab or vaccine orders can be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

The information displayed on this page is not medical opinion or advice.