You may get Lyme disease when you are bitten by a tick that has been infected with the germ (bacteria) that causes Lyme disease. The disease can cause symptoms including bull's eye rash, chills, fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider about Lyme disease.
Where on my body am I most likely to get a tick bite?
If I get Lyme disease from a tick bite, what symptoms will I have?
How can my doctor diagnose me with Lyme disease? Can I be diagnosed even if I do not remember having a tick bite?
What are the antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease? How long do I need to take them? What are the side effects?
Will I have a full recovery from my Lyme disease symptoms?
What to ask your doctor about Lyme disease
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Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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