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Tis the Season...for tick bites!

The highest incidence of tick bites in our area is from April to September.  Only 1-3% of ticks carry diseases that can make humans or pets sick.  Children under 9 years old are the most frequently bitten.  If a tick, even one with a disease, is removed within 48 hours of getting on a person, the chances are SMALL that he/she will become infected.

 

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a serious infection which can be fatal if not treated. It can infect the kidneys and brain. Antibiotics can treat the condition if given in a timely manner.

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can take 7-10 days from the time of a tick bite to develop. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rash: starting on the 4th day, approximately 83% of people with RMSF will develop a rash that starts around the ankles and wrists and within hours involves the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it then spreads to the entire body

 

Lyme Disease can cause damage to the heart, brain and joints if untreated. Antibiotics are prescribed as treatment.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease in humans are similar to those of the flu:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Rash: typically a rash will develop around the spot where the tick bit and will grow outwards in a circle that resembles a bullseye.

 

PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR DOCTOR PROMPTLY IF ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS DEVELOP IN YOUR CHILD