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Ticks (cont.)

What Are Tick Bite Risk Factors?

Risk factors for tick bites include hiking in woods and/or grasses with skin exposed to the environment, especially from the months of April through September, and not using insect repellent or clothing that protects the arms, legs, and other body areas. People who have pets that are not protected by flea and tick repellents may also be at increased risk.

What Specialties of Doctors Treat Tick Bites?

Most tick bites require no treatment, but occasionally specialists in infectious disease, allergy, internal medicine, and doctors especially trained in treating tick-related diseases (such as Lyme disease) may be consulted to help diagnose and treat certain individuals.

Last Reviewed 9/11/2017

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