Diseases Brought on by Tick Bites

December 13, 2012 by | 1 Comment

A tick is a parasitic insect that sucks blood from its host, which may include humans and animals. Tick bites can irritate and even damage the skin around the bite area, usually resulting in far more swelling and irritation than a typical mosquito bite.

Ticks are ranked second only to mosquitoes as blood-sucking transmitters of infectious diseases; Lyme disease being the most common experienced from tick bites.

Lyme disease is is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of the blacklegged tick, transmitted to the bloodstream when a tick bites its host. Lyme disease may cause symptoms similar to flu-like illness, arthritis, neuropathies, fatigue, muscular aches, headaches, itching, chills, light-headedness or fainting, muscle pain, or a stiff neck. Treatment of this disease requires antibiotics, but if left untreated, can become life-threatening.

Other diseases caused by tick bites may include but not limited to Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human granulocytic ehrlichiosis, human monocytic erhlichiosis, Colorado tick fever, tularemia and Babeiosis.

These diseases may bring fever, muscle weakness, joint pain, and fatigue and muscle pain to infected individuals. They may also result to other skin reactions such as pus-filled bumps and nodules. Tularemia could cause death to infected individuals if not treated immediately with proper antibiotics.

Though tiny, ticks can put humans or large animals down. To help avoid the diseases they carry, proper precautions should be observed, such as avoiding heavy brush if possible, minimizing exposed skin by wearing long pants, sleeves, and gloves, and by carefully checking your body for parasites after returning indoors.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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  • Steven Barrimore says:

    Ticks are far more common than most people realize. After spending most of my life trapsing around verious wildernes environments, I have removed more than my share of ticks. Usually, a dab of oil, petrolium jelly, or in a pinch, even a lighter, will make them willingly let go and move on. The more stubborn ones must be removed with tweezers.

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