Lyme disease, one of the best-known tick-borne diseases, causes joint pain, fever and inflammation of the skin at the bite location. These are just some of the milder lyme disease symptoms. Disorders of the central nervous system can develop if the disease is undetected, even years after the tick bite.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia can cause rash, nausea, fever, headaches and fatigue. No vaccine exists for these tick-borne diseases, but they do respond well to antibiotics. Natural remedies can relieve mild symptoms and support conventional therapies. Your best course of action against tick bites, however, is both vigilance and prevention.
Lyme disease generally causes the characteristic bull's-eye skin rash, but in 10 percent of the cases, no rash appears. After a few weeks or several months, some 70 percent of those who remain untreated suffer bacterial invasions of the joints and possibly other organs, notably the central nervous system, causing chronic arthritis.
Because of all the publicity of lyme disease, we not only have an epidemic of this infection, we also have an epidemic of over-diagnosis. Many doctors are too willing to diagnosis Lyme disease, apparently because the early symptoms like skin rash, headache, fever, nausea and muscle pain are common to so many other maladies.
Lyme disease is usually treated with antibiotics, which can damage the body's intestinal bacteria as well as the bacteria that cause the illness. You can try using a natural digestive aid, such as lactobacillus or acidophilus, to help the intestinal flora regenerate more quickly.
Ticks Survive on the Blood of Mammals
The ticks that carry Lyme disease are primarily found in:
It is thought that, however, that the geographic areas of these infested ticks are expanding. Rocky Mountain spotted fever usually appears within the south Atlantic and south central states, as well as in the Rocky Mountain region. Tularemia mainly occurs in the south central states.
Ticks are arachnids that grow to just over 1/10 inch long and suck the blood of mammals. they attach themselves to the body, preferring to bit warm, moist areas, such as the back of the knees, the inner elbows, the underarms or beneath the breasts.
Types of Ticks that cause Disease
American Dog Tick
These types of ticks are brown and have a silvery-gray marks on their backs. They are common on the east coast but can be found in most parts of the country. They normally prefer dogs but if none are available they will go to a human host. The American Dog Tick can transmit tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever and can cause a special tick paralysis in susceptible dogs and people.
This tick gets its title because it love deer, it loves white-tailed deer as its source of food and transmits Lyme disease. It is mostly found in the east but in the Midwest this same tick is called the bear tick. It's very small, about the size of a pinhead. Because of how tiny it is you rarely know this tick is biting you.
Lone star tick
This tick has a white mark on its back and is reddish brown in color. It is usually found in the southwestern United States. This tick loves to feed on humans and deer. It can transmit tularemia (rabbit fever) and Rock Mountain spotted fever.
Rocky Mountain wood tick
This tick is similar in appearance to the American dog tick and is usually found west of the Rocky Mountains. It transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia (rabbit fever), Colorado tick fever and tick paralysis.
Western black leg tick
This tick may also be called the "cowboy tick" and found in the Western states. It can transmit Lyme disease and is about the same size as the deer tick. It's reddish brown and has black legs.
Removing a Tick
Ticks will often attach to your body while you walk through tall grass or when you walk in the woods in the early spring. when you get home, inspect your body immediately for ticks. If you find one, remove it immediately! It helps to put a few drops of olive oil on the tick to suffocate it, then take a pair of sterilized tweezers or special tick tweezers (found in pharmacies). Grasp the tick as close as possible to your skin and gently pull it out. For stubborn ticks, try placing a blown-out match on the tick (don't let it touch your skin, of course). Wash your hands and the bite area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic.
Prevention Always the Best Medicine
When venturing out into the woods, garden and even in fields with tall grass do everything you can to prevent a tick invasion. In the spring and summer try to wear clothing, boots, long pants, long sleeve shirts, even a hat that covers as much of the skin as possible.
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