Ticks are blood-sucking parasites found on warm-blooded creatures. There are numerous types of ticks found the world over. Nearly 200 types of ticks are found in United States alone. Tick bites are quite difficult to detect because they are not itchy or painful unlike other insect bites. They inject their venom into the host making the area feel numb. Therefore, you will not realize a tick has bit you unless you see development of rashes or red spots. Ticks are extremely active and lethal in spring and summer time.
They look like small reddish or brown insects with eight legs. If you have noticed a tick on your skin, pull it off immediately but carefully. Pull it out slowly but firmly with a pair of tweezers. Make sure you do not crush the insect while pulling it out. The fluid or blood that comes out of the insect can cause secondary skin infections or rashes aggravating the condition further. In some cases, you might end up pulling the body of the tick alone while the head is firmly placed inside the skin. In this case, place the body separately in a piece of paper. Use the same tweezers to remove the head. Do not let the tick stay on your skin for a long time because it will inject its venom along with deadly microorganisms into your bloodstream.
Burn the tick away. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Apply a disinfectant cream or ointment. If you experience flu like symptoms, tiredness or numbness in your legs and hands, immediately consult a doctor.
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