How Long Does It Take For A Tick To Give You Lyme Disease?

Watch for these symptoms


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Whether it’s a day at the pool or backyard exploration, summer weather brings with it outdoor adventures.

But with warmer temperatures also come increased health hazards for children, including dehydration and pesky insects, like hard-to-spot ticks.

What if you catch a tick attached to your child’s body? How long does it take for a tick to give you Lyme disease?

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“The incubation period from a tick bite to the appearance of single or multiple Erythema-Migrans lesions — the classic Lyme disease “bulls eye” rash — ranges from one to 32 days, with a median of 11 days,” Dr. Jennifer Lighter, assistant professor of pediatric infectious disease at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, tells Romper in an email interview. “Late manifestations of the disease can occur months after the tick bite.”

Texas-based Dr. Eboni Hollier, who is board-certified in both general and developmental and behavioral pediatrics, points out in an email interview that “this rash usually starts out as a red or pink circle that gets larger over time” and may occur with or without other symptoms, such as fever, chills, headache, and/or muscle aches and pains.

This can be especially hard to diagnose in children who may show symptoms that are similar to the common cold, flu, and other conditions. And the rash doesn’t always occur, which is why experts stress the importance of watching for these signs after a child has been outside rolling in the grass or near a wooded area.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT ROMPER.COM