LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Be Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself Safe

Date May 17, 2018 14:05

Mother Nature is often not very hospitable, as she has so many things in her arsenal that can pose a threat for us, humans: hurricanes, earthquakes, carnivorous animals, and all sorts of little insects. With warm weather finally around, millions of bugs are “waking up” and roaming around. Unfortunately, ticks are not an exception, as they are going on a blood hunt.

Be Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeSchlegelfotos / Shutterstock.com

Where do ticks habitat?

It is a misconception to think that ticks can be found only in wooded areas. Considering that numbers of tick population are expected to be higher than the last year, long-grass areas can become a very comfortable home for the bloodsuckers. And in fact, nearly 75% of people get bit on their own property. If you encounter a tick on your skin – do not panic! Typically, it needs quite a lot of time to burrow into your skin and start sucking blood, so you would have an opportunity to remove it promptly.

Be Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeSoleil Nordic / Shutterstock.com

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has maps to examine geographic distribution of different types of ticks, so you would know which kinds of little vampires dwell in your area. You can find it HERE.

Symptoms of the most common tick-borne diseases

1. Anaplasmosis.

The first symptoms usually begin within 1-2 weeks and include fever, headaches, muscle pain, cough, and very rarely - rash.

2. Lyme disease.

A small red bump resembling a mosquito bit occurs immediately. The early symptoms are fever, chills, fatigue, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and erythema migrans (EM) rash, which has a bullseye shape. The later signs include additional EM rashes, arthritis with severe joint swelling, facial palsy, muscle and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, brain or spinal cord inflammation, etc.

Be Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeTashatuvango / Shutterstock.com

3. Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

The typical symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, nausea, lack of appetite, muscle pain, and rash. Although rash is a common sign, it may not appear early, making it difficult to diagnose RMSF. Rashes caused by the disease usually look like red splotches or red pinpoint dots.

4. Babesiosis.

The disease is caused by microscopic parasites that invade our blood vessels through a tick and attack our red blood cells. Often, people don’t have any early symptoms, and sometimes flu-like symptoms may occur: fever, chills, sweats, fatigue, headache, nausea, etc. However, if untreated, the disease can lead to death due to the malfunction of vital organs, such as lungs, kidneys, and liver.

5. Tularemia.

Another common tick-borne disease is tularemia. The typical signs include the appearance of a skin ulcer at the site of the bite, swelling of lymph glands in the armpit or groin.

Be Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeJuan Gaertner / Shutterstock.com

Preventing tick bites

There are many different preventative measures you can take to prevent tick bites and potential illnesses. Experts and health agencies advise the following:

1. Cover your skin.

The first tactic is giving ticks less skin to find. Wear clothes that cover more skin: long sleeve shirts, long pants, hats, etc. Also, it is recommended to wear light-colored clothes to notice ticks easier.

2. Invest in sprays.

It is often too hot for long sleeve, or maybe you just crave for sun on your skin. Either way, an insect repellent is a must-have. Look for sprays containing DEET, picaridin or oil lemon eucalyptus.

3. Regular tick checks.

We often forget to check our skin after outside trips. And even if we do look for the little bloodsuckers, ticks are so small that we can easily confuse them for a freckle or not notice them at all. The rule here is to look thoroughly!

Be Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeBe Aware Of A Summer "Tick Explosion": 4 Easy And Effective Tips To Keep Yourself SafeJarabogu / Shutterstock.com

4. Save the tick for the lab.

If you discovered a tick on your skin, remove it promptly by grabbing with tweezers, but don’t flush it. Save it if you can for a doctor to identify the tick’s type.

Although tick bites are generally painless, they do sometimes cause itching, which may not be a reason to visit a doctor yet. However, as soon as you’ve started experiencing fever, chills, headaches, and especially bullseye rashes, it’s definitely the right time to make an appointment. Early treatment is key in every disease.

Experts agree that staying inside is not a good preventative measure. It’s always better to head out and enjoy the nature, armed with the knowledge of how to protect yourself and your family. Take care and stay healthy!


This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

Explosion War Tips