Are tick bites itchy, painful, raised, red? How do I identify a tick bite?

One of the best ways to tell if you have a tick bite, is to find a tick biting you. Once a tick bites you, it will remain with its head embedded in your skin anywhere from three to ten days. Most tick bites are not itchy or painful. Ticks However, if you are allergic to tick bites, then the bite site will be incredibly itchy, swollen, or even painful. You could even develop blisters or have difficulty breathing.

The biggest concern from being bitten by a tick are the diseases that a tick can potentially spread. Here in Pennsylvania, we have the largest number of reported cases for Lyme disease. The blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick, is one of the biggest culprits for spreading Lyme disease. If you get bit by a tick, you should go to the doctor before you ever experience symptoms. They can give you antibiotics that can treat the disease. Waiting is not a good thing to do, because it will give the disease more time to spread throughout your body.

When a tick gets on your body, it will crawl to find a place it likes. While ticks can be found anywhere, they are often found on your head, behind your ears, in your armpits, groin area, and along your waistline. They also like to bite in the area behind your knees. As the tick feeds on your blood, it becomes engorged. It can grow to become the size of a small marble. When removing a tick, never grab the bloated body as it can increase the risk for disease transmission.

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