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Tick Borne Disease Overview

Another name for Tick Borne Disease is Tick Borne Illness.

What is tick borne illness?
A person with a tick borne illness has an infection that was transmitted through the bite of a tick. Although tick bites are common, transmission of infection from a tick bite is relatively rare. Tick borne illnesses include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, relapsing fever, and Colorado tick fever.

What are the symptoms of tick borne illness?
Symptoms of a tick borne illness depend on the type of infection. Symptoms of a tick borne illness may include mild pain near the bite, rash, fever, joint pains, muscle aches, neck pain, neck stiffness, headache, and confusion.

How does the doctor treat tick borne illness?
Treatment for a tick borne illness includes removal of the tick, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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