When a tick gets onto your body, it will usually move to warm moist areas on your body. Once there, it will dig into your skin so it can feed itself on blood. After about 12 hours (sometimes a lot longer) the tick will release itself from your skin by injecting it’s saliva to dissolve the tissue around the bite. (Ticks are literally stuck with barbs into your skin). It is this saliva which can contain a number of different bacteria or virusses.
If Lymes disease has been contracted you may or may not find a “bulls-eye” like rask which is usually not itchy. Early on you may feel flu-ish. If the infection spreads, it can affect the heart, nervous system and joints. Early symptoms may be rashes, headache, stiff neck and sore joints. Fever and muscle aches are also common. If untreated, these symptoms could go on to affect your short-term memory and ultimately be fatal. The only way to prevent these symptoms developing is to be treated with antibiotics as soon as possible. There is no vaccine yet.
Because Lymes disease is transmitted through the tick’s saliva, it’s best to remove a tick as soon as it’s spotted and not leave it till it comes out by itself. (In some high-risk areas it’s best to check for ticks every 12 hours). For this reason, you want to be sure the tick is removed before it wants to remove itself. Putting on petroleum jelly to ‘choke it to death’ as some people suggest or burning it off with a cigarette, will only encourage the tick to try and get out by itself, thus injecting saliva. It is best to grab the tick with a pair of tweezers and pull it straight out before the tick realizes it’s being assaulted. Also, try and remove the whole tick. After you have removed the tick, clean thoroughly with an antiseptic wipe and try and remember where the bite was so you can identify any problems that may occur at a later date. In most areas in the world, a low percentage of ticks carry Lymes disease, but in some parts of the United States, as much as one-third of ticks may contain Lymes.However, if you check for ticks regularly and remove them properly, there is really nothing to worry about. Even in the case of contracting Lymes it is easy enough treated if the disease has not advanced too far.
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