Ticks are insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. The bites themselves aren't cause for concern. But ticks can carry and transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Both diseases begin with a rash and symptoms similar to the flu.
Not all ticks carry disease. And a tick must remain attached for at least 24 hours to infect you. If you find a tick, don't panic. Be sure to wash the area of the bite with soap and water. If possible, seal the tick in a container, then freeze it. (This will help identify the tick later if you do show signs of infection.)
Symptoms to watch for include:
- You develop a rash, and the rash gets bigger. It’s normal for a small bump to appear at the spot where you’ve been bitten. But a larger rash could indicate Lyme disease, especially if it looks like a bullseye.
- You develop flu-like signs and symptoms, like fever, chills, fatigue, body aches or a headache
- The bite appears infected
If you are experiencing these or similar symptoms, start an OnCare visit today to receive a personalized treatment plan and feel better, faster. We provide treatment for tick bites to individuals age 2 to 65.