A tick bite is one of the worst inconveniences that can happen to us while hiking in nature. In fact, these arthropods, in addition to being rather disgusting, can transmit even serious diseases both to our animal friends and to us humans. Fortunately, we can find anti-tick sprays in the pharmacy, which we should always apply before a hike, especially in wet areas and with tall grass, or frequented by grazing animals. But if it is too late and we realize that we have been bitten by a tick, how much time must pass before we realize that something is wrong?
The longer the tick remains attached, the more chances are that the bite will be dangerous
Obviously not all ticks are infected with dangerous bacteria or viruses, but it is still strictly necessary to remove a tick immediately if we realize that we have been bitten. The longer the tick remains attached to our skin, in fact, the greater the chances of contracting diseases. The tick, in fact, can regurgitate part of the blood it has sucked into our body, and together with it any parasite it is infected with. But some symptoms are very characteristic.
Attention, if a tick bites us here is how long after we can understand if the bite is dangerous and what are the symptoms that too many underestimate
One of the diseases most typically transmitted by tick bites is Lyme disease, which is of bacterial origin. The most characteristic symptom of the infection is a rash called “target”, which has a red center, surrounded by a clear halo, and a further red halo towards the outside. This rash can develop on the skin several days after the tick bite. For this reason, if we have removed a tick from our body, it is always better to keep the insect in a container with alcohol, so that it can be analyzed later.
Be careful if we have neck pain, headache or swollen lymph nodes
Be careful, if a tick bites us we could develop some worrying symptoms. These include symptoms such as pain in the neck or stiff muscles, headache, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, fever and chills. These symptoms can be associated with various tick-borne diseases, such as tick-borne meningoencephalitis, button fever, or ehrlichiosis. If we find a tick on our body it is essential to remove it without crushing it. If we squeeze it, the tick could release the blood it sucked into our blood vessels and infect us.
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