Sep 23, 2019

Identify Tick Bites

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#* If you hiked, camped, or backpacked with your child, inspect their body for ticks (or, for older kids, ask them to check themselves).
 
#* If you hiked, camped, or backpacked with your child, inspect their body for ticks (or, for older kids, ask them to check themselves).
 
# Look for tick bites that resemble a flat, pale mosquito bite. Tick bites typically don't swell up to the size of a spider bite or a mosquito bite and don’t take on a distinctive red color. All you’ll be able to see is a fairly nondescript puncture mark or what looks like a tiny sting on your skin. In most cases, tick bites go unnoticed.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZGOnB5>
 
# Look for tick bites that resemble a flat, pale mosquito bite. Tick bites typically don't swell up to the size of a spider bite or a mosquito bite and don’t take on a distinctive red color. All you’ll be able to see is a fairly nondescript puncture mark or what looks like a tiny sting on your skin. In most cases, tick bites go unnoticed.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZGOnB5>
#* Unless the tick is still attached to your body, tick bites are notoriously difficult to spot.
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#* Unless the tick is still attached to your body, tick bites are notoriously difficult to spot since there isn’t any pain or itching.
 
# Notice if the bite turns red and grows into a small bump. On some people’s bodies, a tick bite will develop into a small, red bump that’s between in size. There may be a light-red circle around the bite as well. Keep an eye on the bump for 48 hours after you notice it. In most cases, the bite will not grow but will stay the same size.<ref>https://ift.tt/2LbBzOQ>  
 
# Notice if the bite turns red and grows into a small bump. On some people’s bodies, a tick bite will develop into a small, red bump that’s between in size. There may be a light-red circle around the bite as well. Keep an eye on the bump for 48 hours after you notice it. In most cases, the bite will not grow but will stay the same size.<ref>https://ift.tt/2LbBzOQ>  
 
#* As long as the red bump doesn’t turn into a large rash, don’t worry. The bite is not infected.
 
#* As long as the red bump doesn’t turn into a large rash, don’t worry. The bite is not infected.
# [[Remove a Tick|Remove a tick]] if you find one attached to your body. If the tick is still attached to your body, it will look like a small fleck of dirt. Ticks are a little tricky to remove from your body. They don’t just bite you, but they bury their entire head inside of your body. Don't worry; being bitten by a tick is usually worse than it sounds! To remove a tick, grasp it with a pair of tweezers as close to its head as you can. Pull the tick away from your skin in a perpendicular direction. Flush the tick down the toilet. Then, wash the area with soap and water.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZHI53Q>
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#*If you notice a rash that looks like a bulls-eye, a widespread rash, joint aches, headache, fatigue, or chills, then it’s possible that the tick transmitted Lyme disease to you.<ref>https://ift.tt/2mGGVbd>
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# [[Remove a Tick|Remove a tick]] if you find one attached to your body. If the tick is still attached to your body, it will look like a small fleck of dirt. Ticks are a little tricky to remove from your body. They don’t just bite you, but they bury their entire head inside of your body. Don't worry; being bitten by a tick is usually worse than it sounds! To remove a tick, grasp its head as close to your skin as possible with a pair of tweezers. Use steady, gentle pressure to pull the tick straight out in a direction perpendicular to your skin. Flush the tick down the toilet. Then, wash the area with soap and water.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZHI53Q>
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#*Don’t compress the tick’s body since it can force harmful fluid through the tick’s mouth and into your body.
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#*Don’t use a forceful twisting or jerking motion since you could leave the tick’s head embedded in your skin.
 
#* Some people find ticks to be a little gross. Fortunately, though, their bites aren't painful at all. If you feel a little squeamish about removing the tick, ask a friend or family member to help you.
 
#* Some people find ticks to be a little gross. Fortunately, though, their bites aren't painful at all. If you feel a little squeamish about removing the tick, ask a friend or family member to help you.
 
#* Never grab the tick by its body. The tick’s body can separate from the head, and the head will remain embedded in your skin. If this happens, you'll just have to wait for your body to push the tick's head out.
 
#* Never grab the tick by its body. The tick’s body can separate from the head, and the head will remain embedded in your skin. If this happens, you'll just have to wait for your body to push the tick's head out.
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# Look for a red rash and black tissue surrounding the site of the tick bite. In rare cases, a tick can pass along a strain of bacteria called ''Rickettsia''. If you’ve been infected with the bacteria, the symptoms will typically begin to emerge a few days after the tick has dropped off of your body. The blackened tissue may be as small as in diameter, while the surrounding rash can cover up to of skin.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZHI53Q>
 
# Look for a red rash and black tissue surrounding the site of the tick bite. In rare cases, a tick can pass along a strain of bacteria called ''Rickettsia''. If you’ve been infected with the bacteria, the symptoms will typically begin to emerge a few days after the tick has dropped off of your body. The blackened tissue may be as small as in diameter, while the surrounding rash can cover up to of skin.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZHI53Q>
 
#* If you see black tissue around the location of a tick bite, visit your doctor immediately. ''Rickettsia'' bacteria can cause potentially life-threatening conditions including African tick-bite fever and Rocky Mountain tick-bite fever. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics.
 
#* If you see black tissue around the location of a tick bite, visit your doctor immediately. ''Rickettsia'' bacteria can cause potentially life-threatening conditions including African tick-bite fever and Rocky Mountain tick-bite fever. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics.
# Check for a bull’s-eye pattern, which indicates a Lyme-disease infection. If a tick transmitted Lyme disease to you, the bite will take on a distinctive visual pattern. A circular rash—known medically as erythema migrans—will form around the bite. The rash can become as large as in diameter. The center of the rash is often not red, creating a bull’s-eye pattern.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZIejw2>
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# Check for a bull’s-eye pattern, which indicates a Lyme-disease infection. If a tick transmitted Lyme disease to you, the bite will take on a distinctive visual pattern. A circular rash—known medically as erythema migrans—will form around the bite. The rash can become as large as in diameter. The center of the rash is often not red, creating a bulls-eye pattern.<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZIejw2>
 
#* The bull’s-eye pattern may also have multiple concentric rings of swollen, red tissue.
 
#* The bull’s-eye pattern may also have multiple concentric rings of swollen, red tissue.
 
#* The rash that accompanies the bull’s-eye pattern isn’t typically painful or itchy. However, if you lay your hand on it, it may feel warm to the touch.  
 
#* The rash that accompanies the bull’s-eye pattern isn’t typically painful or itchy. However, if you lay your hand on it, it may feel warm to the touch.  
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# Visit your doctor if you notice any signs of infection around tick bites. Tick bites are not a big deal unless the tick transmits an infection. If you notice any signs of infection, visit your general practitioner as soon as possible. Describe your symptoms and let the doctor inspect the tick bite. Ask the doctor about prescription antibiotics to treat the infection.<ref>https://ift.tt/2LbbSy3>
 
# Visit your doctor if you notice any signs of infection around tick bites. Tick bites are not a big deal unless the tick transmits an infection. If you notice any signs of infection, visit your general practitioner as soon as possible. Describe your symptoms and let the doctor inspect the tick bite. Ask the doctor about prescription antibiotics to treat the infection.<ref>https://ift.tt/2LbbSy3>
 
#* Also tell the doctor how long ago you were bitten by the tick. If you don’t know exactly what day you were bitten on, provide a reasonable estimate.  
 
#* Also tell the doctor how long ago you were bitten by the tick. If you don’t know exactly what day you were bitten on, provide a reasonable estimate.  
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#*Follow up with your doctor if you develop a widespread rash over the next 30 days after removing the tick. Pay attention to any flu-like symptoms you have since they could be signs of Lyme disease.
   
 
===Preventing Tick Bites===
 
===Preventing Tick Bites===
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==References==
 
==References==
   
 
 
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