Tick Bites: What to do if Bitten by a Tick

Oh no i’ve been bitten by a tick!

Being bitten by ticks is surely a cause for panic! However, if you or your child is bitten by ticks, do not panic.

Ticks can’t be forcefully removed by hand, you cannot just yank it out, pulling it out without the proper technique may cause the tick’s mouth pincers to remain in the skin.

How to properly remove ticks

You can use a pair of pointed tweezers to hold the tick head tightly or close to the head, and slowly pull it out. Here, be careful not to twist or tug ticks when pulling.

In addition, be sure to wash the bitten area with soap and warm water. Alternatively, disinfect the skin with alcohol or iodine.

After being bitten by a tick, if the following conditions occur, then you should seek medical treatment in time!

1. Fever, body temperature exceeds 38 ℃.

2. Headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, etc.

3. Skin allergies and rashes.

How do I know that it is a tick that bit me?

Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. They can range in size from as small as a pin’s head to as large as a pencil eraser. Ticks have eight legs. They’re arachnids, which means they’re related to spiders.

The different kinds of ticks can range in color from shades of brown to reddish brown and black. 

As they take in more blood, ticks grow. At their largest, ticks can be about the size of a marble. After a tick has been feeding on its host for several days, they become engorged and can turn a greenish-blue color.

What are the symptoms of being bitten by a tick?

  1. Redness or bleeding on the bite site.
  2. A rash at the bite site.
  3. A burning sensation at the bite site
  4. High fever for a long time where the body temperature reaches above 40 ℃.
  5. Headache, eye pain and low back pain. 
  6. Blisters
  7. The face, neck, and chest may become hyperemic. 
  8. In severe cases, difficulty in breathing.

How to avoid being bitten by a tick

1. When you go for an outdoor outing, ensure that your whole family wears full skin-covering clothes before entering the woods or grass. 

2. Carry insect repellent ointment with you and use the ointment on your skin to prevent being bitten by ticks.

3. Keep the house ventilated and dry, and use insecticides and other items to eliminate the ticks to avoid being bitten.

Will being bitten by a tick cause death?

Ticks are like intermediaries. They are not poisonous in themselves, but if they eat the blood of virus-bearing animals and then bite humans, it may cause death.

Tick bites are often harmless and usually they do not cause any noticeable symptoms. However,  if the tick has ever sucked the blood of a virus-bearing animal, they can pass diseases to humans when they bite. In severe cases, ticks can cause allergic reactions.

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