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Published on June 07, 2018

10 Things to Watch for When Ticks Bite

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It is recommended that we get 150 minutes of exercise a week. A great way to do this is to get outside and enjoy nature’s beauty. Visiting a park or going on a hike are great outdoor activities.

While out enjoying mother nature, it is a good idea to protect yourself from ticks which can carry disease.

If you do get a tick bite, here are symptoms to watch for:

  1. A red rash shaped like a bull’s-eye where bitten
  2. Headaches and soreness
  3. Fever
  4. Pain in joints
  5. Numbness or tingling
  6. Tiredness
  7. Trouble focusing and remembering
  8. Neck stiffness
  9. Trouble moving facial muscles
  10. Nausea or diarrhea

The best way to treat tick borne illness is to avoid ticks altogether:

  • Wear a hat and protective clothing that shields your skin.
  • Use bug spray made to repel ticks.
  • Check your kids, clothes and pets before going inside to keep ticks outdoors.

If you are bitten, remove the tick as soon as possible.

If you have been bitten by a tick and begin to show symptoms, contact your health care provider right way. You do not need to bring the tick to your visit.

With Connected Care, you can have instant access to a board-certified health care provider through video, e-visits, or by phone from the convenience of your own home at any time of day.

About the Author

Brian Miller, MDBrian Miller, MD, is an emergency physician and the medical director for the Annie Penn Hospital emergency department and provides telemedicine services through Connected Care.