by Dr. Bill Rawls
How long a tick must be attached to a person to contract Lyme disease is the subject of much controversy. And, because different sources often post contradictory information, finding a reliable answer can be quite the challenge. Listen as Dr. Rawls discusses tick attachment times and sets the record straight. Read more about the Lyme disease-causing borrelia here.
Question: How long must a tick be attached to contract Lyme?
Dr. Rawls: You know that misconception that it has to be attached for more than 24 hours to treat it, is purely that. It’s a misconception.
They’ve tracked it down to as little as six hours, possibly even shorter than that.
Anytime that tick has made contact with the bloodstream, some microbes can cross over, and we know that some microbes, not necessarily borrelia, but others can cross over. So any tick bite is suspicious.