Ticks are probably the second most hated insects in the U.S. next to mosquitos. When it comes to people becoming concerned about their bite, the terror they cause is almost equal to that of mosquitos. It is well known that one has to be careful about getting Lyme disease when they are bitten by a tick, but what most people don’t realize is that we’re all going a little overboard with our fear of it. Pediatric infectious disease specialist Sunil Sood claims that most people are getting panicked for no reason. Here are some reasons not to panic about Tick bites and what to keep in mind when dealing with ticks:
For starters, not all ticks carry Lyme disease. For a tick to catch Lyme disease from one of their meals they have to be latched on to the animal for 36 to 48 hours. That’s a long time, and most of the time ticks are discovered and scratched off well within that time limit. The same goes for if a human is going to catch the disease. The tick has to have been on the person for a good long time. Chances are you probably caught it before it has passed.
One thing to watch out for is any flu-like symptoms. Not all people get the typical bull’s-eye rash. If you happen to catch Lyme disease, remember that in today’s world it is fairly easy to treat. Antibiotics tend to take care of all the symptoms, and only 4 to 5 percent of people experience the disease lasting for 6 months or more. Also, remember that by using insect repellent and checking for ticks after you’ve spent time outdoors can easily prevent a tick bite that would transmit Lyme disease.
Are you plagued by ticks when you go outdoors? What do you do to deal with them?
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