Ticks are small, blood-sucking parasites belonging to the arachnid family. Known for carrying diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ticks wait in grassy, brushed areas for a host. Once they find a host, they find a spot to bite into the skin and start to feed off the host’s blood. Although they are often harmless, it is best to avoid tick bites.
Unlike mosquito bites that cause an immediate sting or itch, tick bites are usually hard to detect. But it is not the bite you should worry about, it is what may come with the bite, specifically, the diseases that some ticks carry.
Monitor the bite site for expanding redness or rashes, or the development of flu-like symptoms. If these signs appear, seek medical help immediately. In some cases, ticks can induce paralysis starting from the legs, which typically recedes once the tick is removed.
To prevent ticks from biting your skin, keep your skin covered, use tick repellents, remove tall grasses and leaves in your yard, and check for ticks after being outdoors.
If you find a tick on your skin, do not panic. Remove it using fine-point tweezers (avoiding crushing it), kill the tick using alcohol, clean the bite site, and monitor for symptoms.
If you have bite symptoms like itchiness and swelling, you might find relief in topical treatments like our products in CANhaveTODAY. Learn more about tick bites and our products by reading our blog.