Also known as: tick-borne diseases.
What are tick bites?
Ticks are tiny insects that live in grasses and trees and suck the blood of their prey once they attach themselves. Many tick bites are harmless, but ticks can also spread disease in some cases.
What causes tick bites?
The insect itself is the cause of the bite. Where it becomes concerning is if the tick is the carrier of another disease such as Lyme disease, Colorado fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever or others.
What are the symptoms of tick bites?
People who experience joint pain, rash or fever after a tick bite should seek medical attention. They may have been exposed to another disease by the bite.
What are tick bite care options?
You can avoid tick bites by wearing long sleeves, pants and hats in the wilderness. Tick repellant can also help. If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers by pulling it straight up and out. Remove any remaining tick body parts and then clean the site with soap and water.
Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares
This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 11:35:38 AM
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Here is a list of some conditions for which you may want to seek treatment in an urgent care setting:
- Minor allergies
- Minor asthma attacks
- Minor burns
- Bruises, cuts, wounds and lacerations (including stitches)
- Colds and coughs
- Minor dog/animal bites
- Earaches and ear infections
- Fever in children older than 2 months
- Flu and sore throat (strep detection by DNA test available)
- Mild stomach pain
- Minor head injuries (without loss of consciousness)
- Mononucleosis (often called “mono”)
- Muscle strain injuries
- Pink eye
- Sprains and fractures (splinting)
- Urinary tract infections
- Vomiting, diarrhea and mild dehydration