Experts are saying that this will be one of the worst years for dealing with ticks. Ticks are one of the nastiest little insects on the planet. They bite and burrow themselves into the skin, sucking blood and often times passing diseases at the same time.
The most notorious of those diseases being Lyme Disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease can occur after weeks, or even many years from the date of a bite.
Symptoms can include any of the following, although they differ from person to person. If left untreated, these symptoms can last from months to years.
Early signs and symptoms (first few weeks after a tick bite):
- skin rash around the bite site
- flu-like symptoms
- fever or chills
- sore throat
Later signs and symptoms
- muscle spasms
- severe headaches and neck stiffness
- extreme fatigue
- shooting pains, numbness or tingling sensations in limbs
- swollen lymph nodes
- blurry vision, eye pain or swelling
- night sweats or unexplained chills
In more severe cases, these symptoms may be crippling:
- brain fog, state of confusion or memory loss
- difficulty breathing, eating, talking and sleeping
- abnormal heartbeat
- intermittent pain in tendons, joints, muscles and bones
- partial body paralysis
- nervous system disorders (even seizures)
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** If you have been bitten, don’t panic. Don’t try to rub or brush the tick off as it could rip the ticks head off under the skin.
As with insects that bite/sting, the poison or bacteria is in the sting. You can carefully remove the tick to minimize the impact of the bite.
- Use a fine-pointed tweezer, and with a steady hand, grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible. You can also use a tick removal tool. They work amazing!
- Slowly pull the tick straight out without twisting or jerking to prevent the mouth-parts to break and remain in the skin.
- If the mouth-parts are already broken, try to remove them as much as you can without causing further distress to the affected area.
- Clean the bite area with alcohol or a disinfectant. Undiluted apple cider vinegar can work as a natural disinfectant as well.
- Put the dead tick in a sandwich bag, write the date you were bitten, and take it to the doctor when you start experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you will want to do a tick check at least every 12-hours. If you have a tick on you, you will want to remove it, safely and the right way…immediately.
Ticks carry disease in their stomachs for quite a few hours while latched on. It is important to remove the tick fully and appropriately so that the disease doesn’t pass through the stomach and into you.
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