Summer Increases Exposure to Ticks
School is out. The weather is warm. Time to get outside and play. Time for hiking and camping. It’s also the time when ticks are more active, so watch out for tick-born disease.
Ticks can transmit diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and tularemia.
According to CDC it takes 36-48 hrs for transmission of B.burgdorferi or B. microti to occur from an attached tick and not all ticks are infected. Therefore, a tick bite does not necessarily mean a person will get infected. Prompt removal of the attached tick will reduce the chance of infection.
Tick paralysis is rare. One reason the condition is so unusual is that the tick must be attached for five days before symptoms develop. So do a daily tick check of yourself and your children if you live or visit an area that has ticks. (reference below) [This section added as well as the references.]
The "preventive" steps to take are to either avoided the tick-invested area or used a DEET or permethrin-based tick repellent and then doing a body check for ticks that same evening. Wearing light-colored clothing can help identify ticks that may be hitchhiking on your person.
In general, the initial symptoms of tick-borne disease include fever, chills, severe headache, malaise, and muscle aches. Diarrhea might occasionally occur. Sensitivity to light might be observed in adult patients. For more information on the specific tick borne diseases, visit the CDC website.
Protect yourself, then get outside and enjoy life!