Ticks are bugs found in different sizes and colors. They suck blood from their host and remain attached to the surface of the skin of the host even after biting and also grow in size while remaining attached to the body and they turn into greenish blue color.
Symptoms of tick bite
Tick bites does not cause pain, but there are certain symptoms of tick bites which are:-
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the joints
- Pain in the joints
Can tick bites transmit disease?
Yes, there are some diseases that can be transmitted to humans by tick bites, which can be quite serious. The only thing is it very difficult to know if the particular disease has been caused by tick bite or any other insect bite, because most of the symptoms of tick borne disease occur only after few days or weeks after the bite.
The ticks bites the person making a minute hole into the skin and pierces its mouth parts into the hole of the skin and releases the bacteria, that attacks the persons tough parts like scalp, armpits and groin and spreads the infectious diseases.
Some of the tick bite- borne diseases are :-
- Lyme disease – Lyme disease is also known as borreliosis, is an infectious disease passed on to humans by ticks. There are several symptoms of Lyme disease some of them are fever accompanied by chills, fatigue, body aches, headache, numbness, weakness and other symptoms.
- Tularaemia – It is an infectious disease that is transmitted by an infected tick, or when humans come in contact with an infected animal. Symptoms of this disease are severe headaches, fever, fatigue and chills.
- Colorado tick fever – This is a viral infection caused to humans by an infected wood tick bite. The symptoms of this disease include – fever, headache and chills.
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) – it is a serious bacterial infection transmitted to human through infected tick bite. The symptoms include -sudden fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain and abdominal pain.
Treatment for tick bites
- Treatment for tick bites starts with removal of ticks from the place where it has attached itself. You can remove it with a tick removal device. You have to pull the tick from the skin’s surface with force.
- After removing the tick, immerse it in a rubbing alcohol and seal it in container and make sure it is killed.
- Then clean the bite -site with soap and water.
- Visit a doctor immediately and take proper treatment.
Preventing tick borne disease.
- Ticks are usually found in moist and humid environments, especially in leaves, bushes, grassy or woody areas.
- Whenever you walk through bushes, tall trees or shrubs make sure to wear full sleeved clothes.
- While travelling in areas that have high chances of getting attacked by ticks, wear insect repellent.
- Make sure to keep your surroundings, backyards clean by cutting off or removing long grasses, bushes and debris of dried leaves.
- Whenever you had traveled in dense areas covered with trees or traveled to forests, it is better to do a check for tick bites to prevent any tick borne disease.