Tick Bites

Tick Bites

American Dog Tick

Lone Star Tick

Some ticks transmit bacteria that can cause illnesses such as Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

If you are bitten by a tick:

* Remove the tick as quickly as possible without squeezing its body. Squeezing the tick could cause it to inject harmful bacteria into your body. Grasp the tick with tweezers near its head or mouth and pull gently to remove the whole tick without crushing it.

* If possible, place the tick in a plastic bag or small bottle and keep it in case you have to see your doctor.

* Wash your hands after handling the tick.

* Disinfect the bite area with tincture of Bloodroot (which is antiseptic).

* You should check the bite occasionally for at least two weeks for signs of Lyme disease.

Symptoms of Lyme disease:

1.Red rash around the bite (shaped like a bull’s eye and increases in diameter each day)
2.Fever
3.Chills
4.Severe headaches
5.Dizziness
6.Nausea
7.Sore throat
8.Fatigue
9.Muscle and joint aches

You may experience all or only one or two of these symptoms. You should seek medical attention if you are in doubt. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics in its early stages. If the disease is not treated soon after it is acquired, permanent arthritis may result.

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Onset of the disease occurs 2 to 8 days after the infected tick bite.

1.High fever, usually 103°F (39°C) – 105°F (40°C).
2.Chills.
3.Severe headache that may center around the forehead.
4.Muscle aches, (may become tender to the touch)..
5.Eyes may become red.
6.Generalized body swelling.
7.Small red spots or blotches that begin on the wrists, ankles, palms and soles. It spreads up the arms and legs toward the trunk, but often spares the face.

As the Rocky Mountain spotted fever progresses, the red spots may change in appearance to look more like bruises or bloody patches under the skin.

May cause mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. But usually it causes a moderate to severe illness that can damage the liver, kidneys and lungs.

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