Identifying Bugs and their Bites: Ticks


Deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease to humans. Ticks can be found in the outdoors—easily getting attached to you as you pass by grass and plants. Ticks do not always carry diseases and most of their bites are not serious. Yet, if they do carry diseases, these can include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

As soon as a tick lands on your skin, it moves to areas such as warm, moist armpits and groin. They feed on blood and pass on any disease that they carry. Furthermore, Tick bites can cause an allergic reaction. As soon as you see a tick, you should remove it properly. To remove a tick properly, you should carry the tick by this mouth and pull straight up until its mouth detaches from your skin. Try not to squeeze the belly because in doing so, you might squeeze infected fluid into your body. Also, try not to twist the tick because you might break the body off and leave the head attached to your skin which makes it harder to take out.

To prevent getting bit by a tick, you should cover your arms, legs, and head. You can also use tick repellant with DEET on your skin and clothes. Furthermore, you can use products containing Permethrin on clothing. You should always check for tick after you spend time on grassy or wooded areas.

Lyme disease

In the US, the Western Black-legged tick and deer tick can carry Lyme disease bacteria. Infected ticks usually don’t spread the disease until they have been attached for at least 36 hours. The early signs of Lyme disease may include fever, headache, and fatigue. If Lyme disease gets untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body such as the muscles, joints, heart, and nervous system. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics.



Valley Occupational Medical Center


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