Getting bitten by a tick is something that most everyone goes through at some time or another. Unless you live in an area that is tick free, you are not likely to go through a lifetime without being bitten by a tick sometime or another. Ticks bite people most often in early spring and late summer. Ticks feed on the blood of their bite host, and are known for carrying some pretty nasty diseases. Given this, it is important to know the symptoms of tick bites, as well as the conditions that they can cause.
The most common tick bite symptoms include vomiting, nausea, headache, rashes and fever. These symptoms are not the only ones by a long shot, but they are the most commonly reported. The symptoms of a tick bite are very important in the diagnosis of the various illnesses and diseases that can be transmitted by tick bites. Sometimes that is all that doctors have to go on.
The most commonly known condition that one might get from a tick bite is called Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This is a serious illness that can cause horrible complications. The symptoms are usually quite sudden, and can be very dangerous. Fevers, headaches, muscle aches, and nausea are some of the most common symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Also, one usually develops a very distinct rash that begins on the hands and feet, and then spreads to the rest of the body.
Another common condition that results from a tick bite is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial disease, and is characterized by fatigue, headache, muscle aches and pains, and a stiff neck. While Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, it is still a dangerous disease because of the difficulty that doctors have in diagnosing it. Lyme disease presents like a number of other illnesses out there.
There are a number of other potential problems with tick bites to include lockjaw, tularemia, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis to name a few. Some people actually develop allergic reactions as well. Severe allergic reactions have been known to appear in some people, and can lead to a dangerous condition called anaphylaxis. This is a very serious situation that demands immediate medical treatment. Tick bites are dangerous and should be monitored closely for a time following the bite.
One of the biggest problems with tick bites is improper removal. When you remove a tick, you have to be very careful that you remove the entire thing and not only the body. Many people try to remove ticks and accidentally leave the head embedded under the skin. This can lead to any number of problems, and the diseases mentioned above is only a few of them. Infection is common when you do not remove the tick properly.
To avoid tick bites during the summer it is vital that you check your body with a fine tooth comb after being out and about in tick areas. This would include tall grasses, forests, woodlands and anywhere one might find a number of warm blooded animals.