How to Handle Tick Bites

Ticks are incredibly sneaky and often cause damage that you can’t feel until it’s too late to stop. If you notice that you have a tick bite, follow these steps to minimize the damage and ensure that you’re not in any danger.

Remove the Tick
Before anything else, you need to properly remove the tick from your skin. This has to be done in a very specific way to be efficient. First, use fine tweezers to get ahold of the tick below the body, as close to the skin as possible. Once you have a solid grasp on the tick, pull straight up and out in one swift motion. Do not twist or squeeze the tick. If it’s done the right way, you will hear a distinctive POP sound as the tick disengages from the skin.

Wash the bite area well, and keep the tick in a bag for identification purposes at the doctor’s if needed. If you already see a rash, doctors recommend drawing around the rash in pen to mark its original size. This could be valuable in future appointments if the tick spread a disease into your system.

Worry About Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is a prevalent and often chronic condition for many people across the country. In fact, 320 percent more counties now report high incidences of Lyme than just a few years ago. This disease is a bacterial infection spread by deer ticks and black-legged ticks found in wooded and grassy areas.

Since the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can mimic other disease, people with Lyme are frequently incorrectly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and even depression. Common Lyme symptoms include nausea, muscle aches, fever, and chills associated with the flu, and many other patients experience sleep issues, cognitive fog, headaches, and joint pain.

If you can identify the tick that bit you as a deer tick or black-legged tick, and you are noticing any of the symptoms of Lyme, head to your doctor right away. Antibiotics can help prevent Lyme Disease from taking hold of your body.