A tick bite is one of the worst inconveniences that can happen to us while hiking. In fact, these arthropods, in addition to being disgusting, can even transmit dangerous diseases to our animal friends and to us humans. Fortunately, we can find anti-tick sprays at the drugstore, which we should always apply before hiking, especially in wet areas and tall grass, or frequented by grazing animals. But if it’s too late and we realize we’ve been bitten by a tick, how much time must pass before we realize something is wrong?
The longer the tick remains attached, the more dangerous the bite
Obviously, not all ticks are infected with dangerous bacteria or viruses, but it is still absolutely necessary to remove the tick immediately if we realize that we have been bitten. The longer the tick stays on our skin, in fact, the higher the chances of contracting diseases. In fact, a tick can attract part of the blood that it has sucked into our body, and with it any parasite that is infected with it. But some symptoms are very distinct.
Pay attention, if a tick bites us here, how long after we understand whether the bite is dangerous and what symptoms many people underestimate
Lyme disease is one of the diseases commonly transmitted by tick bites, and is of bacterial origin. The most characteristic symptom of infection is the appearance of a rash called a “target”, which has a red center, surrounded by a clear halo, and another red halo outward. This rash can appear on the skin several days after the tick bite. For this reason, if we remove the tick from our body, it is always better to keep the insect in a container with alcohol, so that it can be analyzed later.
Be careful if we have neck pain, headache or swollen lymph nodes
Be careful, if a tick bites us, we can develop some worrying symptoms. They include symptoms such as neck pain or muscle stiffness, headache, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and chills. These symptoms can be associated with many tick-borne diseases, such as tick-borne meningitis, button fever, or Ehrlichiosis. If we find a tick on our body, it is necessary to remove it without crushing it. If we squeeze it, the tick may release the blood that it has sucked into our blood vessels and infect us.
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