Ticks (Tick Bites)
Table of Contents
- Tick facts
- What are ticks? What do ticks look like?
- What are the risk factors for tick bites?
- What specialists treat tick bites?
- What are tick bite symptoms and signs?
- What diseases do ticks transmit (act as vectors) to humans?
- What are the symptoms and signs of diseases transmitted by ticks?
- How do health care professionals diagnose a tick bite?
- What is the treatment for a tick bite?
- What is the best method of tick removal?
- Is it possible to prevent tick bites?
- What is the prognosis for people who get a tick bite?
- Where can I find more information about ticks?
- Ticks are scientifically classified as Arachnida (a classification that includes spiders). The fossil record suggests ticks have been around at least 90 million years.
- Most tick bites do not transmit harmful microbes.
- There are a variety of tick-borne diseases.
- There is a wide range of symptoms that usually develop days to weeks after the tick bite. The symptoms depend on the particular microbe that is transmitted.
- For all tick bites, local cleansing and antibiotic cream may be applied.
- There are safe and effective methods for the removal of all types of ticks.
1/12Reviewed on 8/21/2017