Tick Bites

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: October 16, 2019 01:52 PM