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Tick




Tick - April - Britain


Tick

A Tick is a small parasite that sucks blood from animals and humans. They are about the size of a pinhead. In the UK there are three diseases that you can get from being bitten by a tick: Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis), Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis.

It appears that ticks are becoming more of a problem in Britain, it has been suggested that milder winters are one reason.

You will probably be unaware that you have been bitten as their bite is usually painless. First signs are a red area with a small dark spot (the tick) and initially you might think it is a piece of dirt.

The majority of people who are bitten by ticks do not experience infection, but if you know you have been bitten then you should be aware of the symptoms. They can be flu like, tiredness, fever, muscle and joint pain. The area of the bite may have a circular rash, which becomes clear in the centre.

Removing the tick is best done using a specialist tick-removal tool, otherwise fine pointed tweezers can be used, making sure you get close to the ticks mouthpart and your skin as possible. Make sure you do not squeeze the tick as this will cause it to regurgitate back into your body and increases the risk of infection. Flame, cigarette or vaseline are not recommended ways of removing a tick.

If you think you may have been bitten or want to know more information see the websites: (all open in a new window)
www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/Ticks/
www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk
www.tick-victims.info




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