Tick bites are very different from other common insect bites, such as from mosquitoes, which need virtually little or no care after a bite. Ticks actually burrow into your skin to drink your blood, which means they will do more damage to your skin and the surrounding layers of your flesh than just the quick puncture of a mosquito bite.
Here are some special treatment options for a tick bite.
• Use tweezers to remove a tick, and if you don’t have tweezers, wear rubber gloves to dislodge it with your fingers and pull it off.
• Wash the bite area with a mild soap, like dish washing detergent.
• If the bite becomes irritated, use an anti-bacterial jelly, like bacitracin or polymyxin B sulfate, applied to an adhesive bandage and cover the bite. Change the bandage 2 or 3 times daily.
• If you’re concerned about Lyme disease, or other tick borne diseases, freeze the tick in a plastic bag and take it into your family physician for analysis.
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Ticks infesting your yard are never a good thing and as known carriers of the Powassan virus, they can pose a big problem for your health.
This virus has been around for a few years but wasn’t tagged as a major health concern because many people who were bitten and infected didn’t develop symptoms. This doesn’t mean that the virus isn’t dangerous.
Powassan is a disease transmitted by deer ticks. It’s symptoms are worse than Lyme Disease and there’s no cure. One property that makes Powassan more problematic is that the virus can be passed from a deer tick to a human in less than 15 minutes.
For some, Powassan has the potential to result in long-lasting neurological damage or even death. Symptoms are similar to those of meningitis or encephalitis and can take anywhere from one week to one month for symptomatic signs to develop after you’ve been bitten.
The symptoms to look for include headaches, fever and vomiting, along with weakness, loss of memory, and impairment of speech and coordination. The Powassan virus can also lead to swelling in the brain.
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Ticks are usually associated with Lyme disease, but a new tick-borne illness is showing up in New Jersey, Rhode Island and other states in the northeast. This disease, called babesiosis, can be fatal to people who are older or those who have compromised immune systems.
Babesiosis comes from tiny parasites that enter the body via tick bites. These parasites go after red blood cells and can cause those who are infected to experience flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, fever and chills. Not everyone ends up having noticeable symptoms, but those who do should see their doctor for testing. This disease can be treated with medication, which helps lower the risk of serious complications. Health officials have noticed an increase in this disease in the past few years, especially among older men.
The rise in babesiosis shows how important it is for people to prevent tick bites by wearing light-colored clothes and promptly removing any ticks that are found on clothing or skin. Homeowners who have a tick problem in their yard or home should get in touch with NJ pest control professionals to have these pests eliminated. This can further reduce the risk of getting tick-borne illnesses, including babesiosis and Lyme disease.
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Lyme disease is no small problem. This condition can last a long time and have devastating effects on your well-being. Ticks bites cause Lyme disease and other conditions that need a physician’s care, so it’s important to know how to identify the symptoms.
Fever/chills: Sudden hikes in your temperature, cold sweats and chills in the middle of a hot summer day can indicate Lyme disease or other tick-borne illness.
Aches and pains: Pain from tick bites may be difficult to distinguish from normal aches that come with activity or accident. If your symptoms include headache, fatigue and/or muscle aches, however, you should follow up with your doctor.
Rash: Tick bites can produce a distinctive rash pattern, including the “bullseye” rash. However, not every tick bite produces a rash, and you may be affected with Lyme disease without ever seeing a rash.
What to do if you are bitten
If you see a tick on your skin, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick by its head next to the skin. Slowly pull backwards, giving the tick time to disengage its mouthparts so they do not detach inside the skin and cause an infection. Disinfect the bite site and apply an antibiotic, then see your doctor right away. Save the tick in a tightly sealed container and deliver it to your physician or public health department for inspection for Lyme Disease.
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A Level Red tick threat has been issued for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Monmouth County, New Jersey. In raising the summer tick threat to its highest level, the University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center warned residents and vacationers to protect themselves and their pets from blood-feeding ticks and the diseases they spread.
Tick Population Explosion
Researchers monitoring tick populations are reporting twice as many ticks this year as last year. The heavy winter snows and wet spring have created perfect breeding and development conditions for New Jersey ticks.
Emerging from the nymphal stage over the next several weeks, hungry blood-feeding ticks will be trying to latch onto hosts to cadge a meal. Wild animals, birds and pets are common tick targets; but people who walk through a tick-infested area are at equal risk. Pets and pet begging can also expose families to ticks and the diseases they carry.
How Ticks Attack
Ticks typically inhabit grasslands at the edges of wooded areas. Climbing out onto the tips of grass blades, these parasites wait for passing animals. As an animal – or person – brushes past, ticks scurry onto its legs or body.
After crawling onto a host, this parasite climbs up toward the soft, exposed skin around the head, neck and ears where it inserts its feeding tube to feed on the blood of its host. If not disturbed, ticks may stay attached and feed for several hours to several days. During feeding, poppy seed-sized nymphs and apple seed-sized adults can more than double in size.
Most Ocean County, New Jersey residents don’t start thinking about ticks and the disease risk they pose until June; but it was early May when a 51-year-old Warren County woman died from a tick bite. The tick-borne disease the woman contracted, Powassan virus, an encephalitis virus that causes inflammation of the brain, is so rare only eight other cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year; but it was also the first known case of this tick-borne virus ever reported in New Jersey.
The disease is spread by the black-legged tick, commonly known in New Jersey as the deer tick, and the woodchuck tick, which is more commonly found in the woods of Maine and Northern New England. The two tick species are so similar in appearance that they can only be differentiated under a microscope.
It’s the Time of Year Ticks Become Active
The appearance of this tick-borne disease in New Jersey is one more reason to be on the lookout for ticks on shoes, clothing and skin after spending time outdoors. Ticks are often associated with wooded areas and tall grass, but these tiny insects can be carried into your Monmouth or Ocean County yard by pets, birds, squirrels and other wildlife.
New Jersey Tick Removal Tips
Several species of ticks inhabit New Jersey, and can cause several diseases, including Lyme disease. Ticks transmit disease while feeding on the blood of animals or people. Ticks should be removed as soon as possible when found. (Click here to find out how to remove a tick safely.) Preserve the tick in a tightly-sealed container and take it to your physician or local health department to be tested for disease. Early treatment can prevent often debilitating symptoms.