Tick Exposure Clinic Answers To: "I Have Bitten by a Tick, What Should I Do?"

Suffolk county reports annually the highest absolute number of tick borne diseases including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis in NY state. Given the high demand of patients with tick borne diseases in our clinics, we will offer same or next day appointment between the months of June and September for patients exposed to ticks who are immediate seeking medical attention.

A patient may benefit from antibiotic prophylaxis according to clinical guidelines endorsed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Overuse of prolonged courses of antibiotics can be avoided. We are focusing on using proper antibiotic therapy on patients who were exposed to a tick bite and can also provide follow up for these patients, if they have any new symptoms during the summer. The indication for prophylaxis after getting a tick bite depends on several factors including duration of the tick bite, time between tick removal and visit to a health provider, among others.
   
The Division of Infectious Diseases is strongly committed to providing expertise for adult patients. Please call 631-444-3490 if you have been bitten by a tick and are seeking medical advice.
   
Resources

DOHMH – http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/zoonotic-and-vectorborne-diseases.page
http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/ticks.page
CDC – http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html
IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines - https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/43/9/1089/422463
NYS DOH – https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/