You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor. In some cases, you might be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to prepare a list that details certain aspects of your medical condition, so you can share it with your doctor. Topics might include:
- When did your symptoms begin? Have they gotten any worse?
- Do you have any other medical conditions you're being treated for?
- What medications or supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Questions your doctor might ask include:
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- Have you recently been bitten by a tick?
- Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in grassy or wooded areas?
- Have you recently removed any ticks from family pets?
- Is anyone else in your family ill?
- Have you traveled anywhere recently?
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