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Should I see a doctor if I've been bitten by a tick?

A simple tick bite all by itself might not indicate a trip to the doctor. Pull the tick off and keep an eye on yourself; if you have any symptoms such as a rash and fever, then you should go to the emergency department or see your primary care doctor. The sooner antibiotics are started, the less likely your symptoms may progress to more severe illnesses that require hospitalization.

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