SIGNS OF TICK BITES

Ticks are little dependent, leechlike parasites, that feed on blood. They are often found in grassy and woody areas, in trees and shrubs, Rocky Mountains and even beaches. Be observant during outdoor activities, as these eight-legged arachnid’s favor warmer environments and attach to moist body areas of humans or animals.

The tiny pin sized bugs scramble with speed onto and over your body, destined to secure themselves to a clammy armpit, on your scalp or in your groin area. Once the preferred spot is chosen; they seal onto your skin and feed on the blood while they swell to the size of a small marble or pencil eraser. Ticks can stay securely stationed on a person’s skin for 3 – 10 days, depending on the type of tick, while sucking a sufficient blood supply. Therefore, it is crucial to do a daily tick check, especially after an outdoor activity.

Depending on the tick specie, they vary in color, from orange- or reddish brown to black. They may emerge to a grayish blue or olive color when bloated from the blood they have consumed.

Not all tick bites are harmful, show symptoms, or even need medical attention, but some people could be hypersensitive to bites. It is important to remember that ticks spread bacteria and viruses that can lead to serious diseases, which can be detrimental to one’s health.

Typical symptoms of tick bites include:

Tick bites are usually painless, even after the feeding process, when they fall off the skin. An allergic reaction with swelling and possible pain around the bitten area may occur.

A rash, a red spot or even a bump may appear as a typical tick-borne disease. Blisters may also form.

Mild symptoms like Itching and burning may take place around the area of the bite.

In severe instances, acute joint and muscle pain may indicate symptoms of early Lyme disease. Your joints may be inflamed and cause severe pain.

Diseases from tick bites may cause flu like symptoms, including the swelling of your lymph nodes. You may experience extreme tiredness, combined with headaches.

You may also encounter chills and severe body aches, causing fevers.

Common symptoms include weakness of limbs and a stiff neck.

The most critical reactions to a tick bite include difficulty breathing. If medical assistance is not taken seriously the disease can affect your lungs.

Nausea, coughing, vomiting may also transpire.

Potential confusion and mental changes should be taken into consideration as the nervous system can be affected.

Heart palpitations may also come about quite soon after a tick bite.

Tips to consider

It is important to check yourself, kids, and pets regularly and remove ticks.

Pets can carry ticks into your home.

Consult Sydney’s Best Pest Control for the best eradication treatment to secure a safe and happy home environment for you and your family.

Further Reading

Ticks

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