If you live in the northeastern part of the United States, you are aware of deer ticks and Lyme disease.  It’s a part of life.  If you have a dog, you deal with ticks often.  If you spend a healthy amount of time outside, you’ve pulled a tick from a warm intimate spot of your body.  You’ve probably taken the corresponding, high-octane antibiotics. If you aren’t familiar with the many conspiracy theories regarding the history of Lyme disease, they make some great late-night reading.  
I pulled a tick off my thigh today.  It’s already red and inflamed. This is not a good sign.  I’ll take the magic pill and all should be well.  Isn’t modern medicine amazing?  The telltale sign of a problem with a tick bite is a rash that emanates from the bite in concentric circles. My first time dealing with a tick bite involved a giant bullseye on my right butt cheek.