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Infectious Diseases

Lyme Disease Question

05/10/2005

Question:

I found a deer tick embedded in my skin last night, 4/1/05 and it looks like it has been there awhile. There is a red swollen area the size of a dime around the bite. I removed the tiny offender and read once that it is a good idea to keep it for analysis later on if symptoms occur. Do you just keep the tick in a safe place and dry or do you put it in some medium like alcohol to preserve it? Thank you.

Answer:

You can save the tick in a dry, airtight container, like an empty pill container. Testing of the tick would normally be done by your state's health department, so you should contact them for more information on how to store it and how, where and when to send it. 

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati