Although not routinely recommended, taking antibiotics after a tick bite may be beneficial for some persons. If you answer "yes" to the following questions, discuss the possibilities with your health care provider:
- Can the tick be identified as a deer tick?
Review the MDPH Tick Identification Card (PNG) to see what ticks look like.
- Was the tick attached for at least one full day?
- Has it been less than three days since you removed the tick?
Your health care provider must determine whether the advantages of prescribing antibiotics after a tick bite outweigh the disadvantages.