When should I seek medical advice?
Only a minority of tick bites lead to Lyme disease, but if you know you've been bitten and experience symptoms - particularly if you live in or have traveled to an area where Lyme disease is prevalent - you should see your physician immediately. Treatment for Lyme disease is most effective if begun early. Tick bites also can be the cause of other illnesses, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. See your doctor if you have any tick bite that concerns you.

Symptoms of Lyme disease may disappear spontaneously, but that doesn't mean the disease is gone. Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to the rest of your body within six months to two years, causing arthritis and nervous system problems.

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1. What Is Lyme Disease?
2. What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?
3. What are the causes of Lyme disease?
4. What are the risk factors?
5. When should I seek medical advice?
6. What are the screening and diagnosis procedures for Lyme disease?
7. What are the complications?
8. What are the treatment options?
9. How can I prevent Lyme disease?
10. Where can get more information about Lyme disease?