Bitten by a Tick? Steps to Take

Important steps to take if you are bitten by a tick:

  • Save the tick. Laboratories can test the tick for the presence of lyme and associated coinfections. Bay Area Lyme Foundation now performs free tick testing. For more information visit

  • If a rash develops take pictures of it and see your doctor immediately. Pictures may help your doctor in making the diagnosis.

  • Understand that a rash does not always appear in early Lyme Disease, so any symptoms should be addressed with your doctor.

  • See a doctor immediately. The sooner treatment is started the better the results are.

  • Go to for a list of lyme literate MDs (LLMD). Otherwise, take a copy of the ILADS treatment guidelines with you for your doctor

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Laboratories vary in terms of the depth of lyme testing provided. We prefer to use the following:

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