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What should I do if I found a really big tick that’s burrowed into my baby’s skin?

What should I do if I found a really big tick that’s burrowed into my baby’s skin?

Remove it gently: First of all...Don't panic! ticks are common, and most bites are harmless, but you do want to remove them because they can spread disease. The easiest way to remove the tick is to take tweezers, grab the tick at the head or mouth (closest to the skin), and apply gentle pressure upwards (away from skin). Do not use a match or petrolatum, since this will cause the tick to burrow deeper. ...Read more

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How big is a tick? Found a small black speck stuck to my sons face. When I pulled it off it didn't look like a bug. Would I be able to tell?

How big is a tick? Found a small black speck stuck to my sons face. When I pulled it off it didn't look like a bug. Would I be able to tell?

SIZE OF TICKS: TICKS VARY IN SIZE AND SHAPE. I AM AFRAID YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TELL. IF YOU STILL HAVE IT, YOU COULD TAKE A PHOTO OF IT AND CHECK WITH YOUR PCP. HE OR SHE MIGHT BE ABLE FIND OUT WHAT IT IS OR WAS. NOT TO WORRY . . . ...Read more

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Where are tbe-infected ticks found?

Where are tbe-infected ticks found?

Europe and Asia: Tickborne encephalitis is found in central and northern europe and central asia. ...Read more

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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