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Can sand ticks be harmful?

Can sand ticks be harmful?

Yes: Not sure what a "sand" tick is, but if it is in the tick family, then yes it can be harmful! ticks are well known to transmit disease, but fortunately most do not. If you have a tick bite and develop fever or if the skin at the site of the bite looks red, it would be a good idea to see your physician to be safe. As with any bite, clean the area well with soap and water. ...Read more

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Can you be prone to ticks?

Can you be prone to ticks?

Area you live: The area you live in will determine the likelihood of a tick encounter. Prevention is always the best treatment to deal with ticks, ...Wear long sleeves, long pants, tuck pants into boots, use repellent in endemic areas. ...Read more

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How bad are ticks to humans?

How bad are ticks to humans?

That depends: on the type of tick and if it is carrying infectious material. ...Read more

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What does a tick bit look like?

What does a tick bit look like?

See below: They very in appearance, but often, the bite will often go unnoticed. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Explain how to take out a tick?

Explain how to take out a tick?

See below: The rec way is as follows: if available, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (if none, use a cloth or paper to protect your fingers). Pull straight up gently, steady pressure. Don't twist or jerk. Don't squeeze, crush or puncture the tick. Disinfect the skin afterward and wash hands. If any mouthparts remain, leave alone as they will be expelled spontaneously. ...Read more

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Can deer ticks bury under skin?

Can deer ticks bury under skin?

Deer tick: Deer ticks sit upon the top of the skin and grab the skin and penetrate it with the proboscis that gives the tick blood. So they are technically external to the skin. ...Read more

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How do I properly remove a tick?

How do I properly remove a tick?

Anapsid.org/lyme: http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/removingticks.html (how to remove a tick). Using sharp pointed tweezers, or specially made tick tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, as close to its embedded mouthparts as you can. If you squeeze the body or head, you risk compressing the guts and salivary glands and expelling even more organisms through their mouth into ... ...Read more

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Can sand ticks bites be harmful?

Can sand ticks bites be harmful?

It could be: Some times those tics could cause what we call cutaneous leishmaniasis which a skin diease need treatment. ...Read more

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How would know if I have a tick?

How would   know if I have a tick?

Tick: You should find it on your body. Always inspect yourself after being in a tick infested area. If the tick is attached, it will engorge and can as big as a walnut. Feeding by the nymph form is harder to find since they are smaller. Some ticks, specifically the"soft" ticks that transmit relapsing fever in the southwest and western us, feed quickly and are rarely found on the body. ...Read more

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How does a tick look like on your skin?

How does a tick look like on your skin?

See below: Varies on the size of the tick. Some are large and obvious and others like ixodes species - deer ticks. These can be so small in the juvenile form and not much larger in the adult for than a pinpoint. Therefore, extensive tick skin surveys are always recommended in highly endemic areas. ...Read more