Tick bites might be hard to detect and it is vital to check the body after spending time outdoors. Ticks are not similar to other bugs since they do not bite but burrow in head-first and remain in the spot to drink blood. Always bear in mind that ticks are dangerous since they can carry CLyme disease and should be removed once discovered.
In most cases, tick bites do not look different from other bug bites except for the blood-engorged tick that hangs out. If there is no tick, it might be triggered by a different insect so deal with the bite just like with any other insect bite.
Usual spots for tick bites
The frequent spots where ticks are usually found include areas that are moist such as the following:
- Under arms
- Belly button
- Back part of the knees
When a tick is discovered, you have to remove it right away using gloves or tissue and a small-tipped tweezer.
Steps in removing a tick
- Always stay safe by following the universal precautions and use protective gear if available.
- Hold or grasp the tick using the tweezers close to the skin.
- Pull the tick using gentle, constant pressure. If you will pull too hard, it will tear the tick and leave on of its body parts behind. Just take your time when pulling out the tick.
- Check the tick to make sure that all of its body parts has been removed and still intact. The tick has angled jaws and an arrow-shaped head.
- In case any parts of the tick are missing, it is vital to seek immediate medical care. If anything is missing, it is usually the head. Remember that it is missing since it is still buried under the skin. It is likely to trigger an infection which is why consulting a doctor is a must.
- Store the tick in an airtight container. Remember that it is carrying bacteria that can cause illness even if it does not bite again.
- Observe the individual for several days. If the indications of Lyme disease are present, seek medical care right away. An indicative sign of Lyme disease is the bull’s eye rash.
What you should not do
- Do not attempt to pull or twist the tick.
- Do not burn the tick. If the tick is heated up using a match, it might back out right after regurgitating all the blood back into the body. This is done to make itself smaller to back out. Once it pukes out the blood, it also deposits bacteria as well.
- Do not touch the tick using your bare hands.
- Do not attempt to smother the tick using petroleum jelly.