Ticks are frightening insects because of their blood-sucking ways. Not only are these insects intimidating due to their feeding methods, but they can also carry diseases. A tick bite is not something to ignore. Not only do you need to know how to protect yourself against tick bites, but it is also important to know how to handle infestations.

What Should You Do When Bitten by a Tick?

Ticks can attach to your clothing and make their way to the skin in a short amount of time. Their bite is painless and most people do not realize they have been bitten until they find the tick attached and filling with blood. The following steps should be taken after a tick bite.

When fever or rash occur after a bite, visit urgent care.

  1. Clean the area around the tick with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Use pointy-tipped tweezers to carefully remove ticks. Make sure to grasp the tick at the mouth area and firmly pull, being careful to remove the head with the rest of the body.
  3. Clean the bite area with alcohol and make sure to wash your hands.

Never use a twisting motion to remove a tick. Always pull straight up and carefully check the bite area to ensure the head has been fully removed. Serious infections can occur when the head is left inside the bite. If you see a black speck, this likely means the head is still in place.

In some cases, tick bites will not cause any major reactions, but there are some tick-borne diseases that are dangerous to humans.

Tick Bites Can Lead to Diseases

There are many dangers when it comes to tick bites. The following are some of the tick-borne diseases that can affect humans.

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis

It is imperative you carefully monitor a tick bite for any signs of infection or rashes. If a person begins developing a fever or rash after a tick bite, a visit to the doctor is in order.

How to Handle Tick Infestations

During the warmth of summer and spring, tick season begins. These insects can invade homes, yards, and other outdoor areas. Trees and bushes are one of the areas where ticks tend to reside.

If there is an infestation in your home or yard, it is wise to seek the professionals for pesticide treatment. Ticks are sometimes as small as a poppy seed and they can be difficult to spot, even when a person is bitten.

Using bug sprays and wearing long pants and shirts when going outdoors can help to prevent tick bites. When coming in from the outdoors, always carefully check every area of your body for ticks. Common bite sites include the head, behind the ears, and in the genitals.

Conclusion

Tick bites can happen when least expected. Sometimes, people do not even know they have been bitten by a tick until they begin to develop side-effects.

If you have been bitten by a tick, careful removal is necessary. Ticks can carry diseases and bacteria that can place your health in danger. If you begin to experience fever chills or a rash, seek a doctor immediately. Tick-borne diseases are best treated in their early stages. Make sure you are always protected against ticks.  

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