Symptoms tick bite

What are signs and symptoms associated with a tick bite? What is a tick and what is Lyme disease? How do you treat a tick bite?

Tick and Lyme disease

A tick is a type of mite and belongs to the class of arachnids. They are a family of the mite, but nobody really knows what the exact relationship is. The blood of vertebrate animals is the primary need of ticks. They nestle themselves into the skin and let go until they are done feeding. This can take hours to several days. Ticks are small insects that could carry diseases and therefore also transmit them. Generally you will not feel a tick bite, only when you see the tick the perception is transmitted to the brain. The best known tick in Europe is the one that carries Lyme disease. This is the sheep tick.

What are the symptoms of a tick bite?

There are several signs and symptoms of a tick bite.

  • You have a red, round spot or circle on the spot where the tick has attached itself. The center of the spot is the darkest.
  • You feel like you have the flu.
  • You have pain in your joints.
  • You see poorly or worse than normal.
  • You have palpitations and / or other heart problems.

Tick bite treatment

How do you treat a tick bite? When you have a tick, you can have it removed by your doctor but you can also do it yourself. It is best to use pointed tweezers, or a specially designed tick tweezers. Grab the tick as close as you can on the skin with the tweezers. Then pull the tick gently out of your skin. If the muzzle of the tick breaks off and stays in your skin, that is fine. That piece will come out on its own. Do not treat the tick beforehand with alcohol, nail polish or other substances. It is suspected that the tick could become irritated and therefore have more chance to become infected with a disease that the tick can carry. After the tick is removed you should clean the wound well with alcohol or iodine. If you do not have this in your home it is best to use clean water with antibacterial soap. Remember or write down when you discovered and removed the tick. Also keeps track of where the tick has bitten. That way you can check if everything went well. If a rash or irritation occurs, it is wise to go to the doctor because you may have caught Lyme disease.

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