Ticks are blood-sucking arthropods. They usually live in hairs or furs of animals and humans are no exception. They are one of the top disease-carrying insects in the world second to mosquitoes. They transmit the disease to the host by biting it. Basically, the bite is harmless. What is harmful then is the saliva of the tick where most of the toxins, viruses and the diseases are being carried. Ticks mainly feed on blood on they don’t care where it will come from. Their sizes range from almost microscopic to a single peanut.
Generally, tick bites are painless. It is so because ticks secretes particular toxins to our body that makes us feel no pain at all so detection of ticks is difficult. The transmission of disease usually starts when the tick becomes full of blood. Sometimes when ticks begin to secrete substances, allergic reactions will occur from the body and therefore poses a threat to our immune system. Among the diseases that ticks can bring is the Lyme disease. Lyme disease is in fact the most popular among all the diseases brought by ticks. That disease is particularly caused by deer ticks. Symptoms of tick bites include:
ii) Nausea and vomiting
iii) Flu-like symptoms
iv) Rashes on the skin
vii) Muscle Pains
In rare cases, tick bites might cause paralysis. It usually begins on the leg five to six days after the tick began to suck blood. And when days go by, it will affect the upper part of the body. Unless you remove the tick, paralysis will not stop. The person may die if the lungs or the heart get paralyzed.
Generally, tick bites look like just a small spot on the skin. It may get itchy for some time and may worsen if not taken proper medication. Sometimes, you may never notice these spots at all. If you have been bitten by deer ticks, a bulls-eye like rash is most likely to appear on the site of the bite but sometimes rashes may not appear at all. Thus it is important as a precautionary measure to know what kind of tick has bitten you because doctors need to know the kind of tick for treatment. It is also important to remove carefully the tick if you wish to remove it yourself. You should watch the bite with soap and water and remember to seek medical attention when symptoms occur.