There are many great things about the summer, including having outdoor adventures on hiking trails or even in your own backyard. But while there are many positives, there are a couple of negatives you can count on – such as possible sunburns or insect bites.
While many bug bites are nothing more than irritants that can be soothed with the right products, there are other bites that should be taken more seriously – namely from ticks (which are actually tiny arachnids). These relatively small pests can spread Lyme disease and other infections, which can lead to long-term health effects. The number of cases has also been on a sharp rise, so let’s take a closer look at what to look out for.
Identifying a Tick Bite
When it comes to the bites from these blood-sucking ticks, they may be some obvious clues: one of the big ones is that the tick may still be lodged in the skin (for up to 10-days or so), and must be removed properly using fine-nosed tweezers to avoid leaving parts of the mouth behind.
If the tick is not present anymore, then it can be a bit of guesswork in the early stages. The Mayo Clinic notes the initial signs include a small, red bump similar to what you’d expect from a mosquito bite. If the tick wasn’t carrying disease, then the bite will likely disappear on its own, it adds.