Symptoms of Ticks
Tick bites are generally painless and most people do not even notice when the tick has fallen off or where it has bitten.
• Sometimes a neurotoxin which is secreted when the bite takes place can cause paralysis or muscle weakness. Once the tick is removed, the production of neurotoxin too is stopped and the person can recover quickly and completely.
• Symptoms may arise after the tick drops off and can be noticed in the form of itching, redness, burning and sometimes localized intense pain..
• The illness or disease transferred by ticks can be seen only after the passage of some days or weeks. This is the reason doctors may not suspect that ticks caused the illness. A patient has to inform the doctor about any activity in tick infested area or any tick bite.
• Flu like symptoms
• Swelling or pain in joints
• Nausea or vomiting
• Shortness of breath
When to Go to A Doctor
A person should seek medical care when
• The infant or adult bitten by ticks exhibits any symptoms such as lethargy, weakness, paralysis, fever, confusion, headache, numbness or rashes.
• The head or mouth parts of the tick remain in the skin or the tick is still attached to the skin and cannot be removed.
• Immunosuppressant people such as those suffering from HIV, cancer or those undergoing chemotherapy need to inform their doctor about tick bites
• Pregnant women should not take any medication for tick bites on their own and inform a doctor before doing so.