While not the exhaustive list, some of the common diseases associated with tick bites in humans are:

Lyme Disease

Being the most common of the bunch, it is just normal that we begin the list with this one.

Lyme is a bacterial disease caused when a tick transmits Borrelia burgdorferi on biting a human host. Not all ticks are carriers of this bacteria which has been known to be almost native to the black-legged ticks.

In most cases, according to the research we’ve done, you could get bitten by this tick and not get the disease. That is because the black-legged tick needs to be attached to the human body for 36 hours or more for full transmission of this bacteria.

More often than not, you would have found out about their attachment to your body and gotten rid of them. Should you not notice the bite early enough, symptoms will start showing between 3 to 7 days after infection.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

As the name implies, the ticks spreading this disease are mostly active in the Rocky Mountains. They can also be largely found in the Pacific area too.

Common to American dogs, the symptoms of this disease in humans can vary from mild to serious:

  • A high fever
  • Rash at site of infection
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in the joint and muscles, etc.

Colorado Tick Fever

Yet again, the name of this fever has given off where it is most likely to occur. Those are not the only problem areas though since the ticks in question are usually found in high-altitude states in the west.

Likewise, a bite from the tick above can cause Colorado fever too.

Like every other tick bite case, it could take a few days for the symptoms to fully develop. Some of such symptoms are:

  • Intermittent fevers
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches


There have been reported cases of this disease in many starts across the US, but its commonness is restricted to the southern states. Unlike most of the others, this disease can be caused by more than one kind of tick: the lone star tick, wood tick or dog tick.

Interestingly, there are different kinds of this tick disease too, depending on how the bacteria gets introduced into the body in the first place.

General Symptoms of Tick Bites

Like we have established earlier, a tick bite does not always come with symptoms.

When they do bring symptoms with them, some or all of the following should be looked out for:

  • A slightly raised bump at the area of bite
  • Redness and itching
  • Burning sensation in the bite area

Note that the same bite symptoms are similar to what you would get from other bugs. The best way to draw the distinction is that a tick stays attached to the area of bite afterwards while other bugs would most likely scurry off.

Thus, most self-diagnosis of tick bites is from seeing the bugs still attached to the skin.

Wrap Up

Alright – these types of posts are always a bit dicey in that while we’re happy to present some of the more common tick borne ailments, we’d like that the information above is in no way a substitute for the medical advice you receive from a doctor.  With that in mind, if you find a tick has attached to you for an extended period of time (noted by the engorgement) and you subsequently see some of the symptoms listed above, given the severity of some of the listed ailments we’d strongly recommend you get yourself checked out by a physician to better understand and appreciate your circumstance following a tick bite.