Ticks On Humans
Ticks On Humans
With most tick bites the symptoms are mild and the bite painless, you would generally experience symptoms like minor swelling around the bite and it may be red and sore.
But there are some ticks which can transmit serious illness through their bite like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, Relapsing Fever, Colorado tick fever and Babesiosis. Although, for this to happen the tick would need to stay attached for 24 hours or more.
- Using tweezers grab the tick gently, as close to the skin as possible and pull it out using a steady upward movement. Don’t twist or squeeze the tick, try not to handle the tick with your bare hands and although the use of petroleum jelly, a hot match or pin, or even nail polish remover seem to be effective in removing ticks it is not recommended.
- Once you have removed the tick place it in a sealed container and freeze it. If you develop severe symptoms at a later stage your medical professional may want to see the tick.
- Wash the bite site thoroughly with soap and water and use some disinfectant or iodine on the area to help stop infection.
When to Call the Doctor
- If you develop a severe headache
- If you have trouble breathing
- If you begin to develop any form of paralysis no matter how minor
- If your heart begins to race (palpitations)
- Within 3 to 14 days. If the tick bite develops into a large rash which may or may not have a bull’s-eye pattern. (could indicate Lyme disease)
- If you get chills, fever, muscle and joint pain or headache (flu like symptoms)
- If the bite becomes infected
- If you have any concerns at all
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