Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Big Tick Season in the Northern Plains

Big Tick Season in the Northern Plains

Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours), when it's easier to find ticks crawling or attached to us and easier to wash them off.

As explained by IdentifyUS, ticks cling to the skin or fur of their host and burrow their mouthparts under the skin.

Don't get rid of the tick if you plan to visit a doctor.

Unfortunately, Lyme disease isn't the only tick-borne illness people should be on the lookout for this season.

If you know you've been in areas that ticks like and you experience symptoms, don't brush those symptoms off.

The best advice relating to the removal process of a tick -is to grip the mouthparts-always using rubber gloves-this can be done with tipped tweezers at the level of the skin and pull straight up steadily until the tick releases.

"For example, the nymph stage of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) - formerly known as the "deer tick" - can transmit Lyme disease to humans, if the tick is infected with the bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) that can cause the infection", said Sharon Ortiz-Garcia, West Piedmont Health District epidemiologist. Just put it in a bag in the freezer.

"Scratching bites can result in serious symptoms of tick bite infection", Townsend said.

This is the most effective tick repellent.

Many infected individuals notice a red rash called an erythema migrans, the technical name for a bull's-eye rash, around a tick bite site within days or weeks of the bite. Experts say warmer winters have led to a tick baby boom, which raises the odds of tick-borne infections.

Unfortunately, they appear around the same time many humans enjoy outdoor activities - summer.

Ticks are most active in spring and early summer and concentrate where their animal hosts most commonly travel. "From the saliva glands they can literally be spat into the bloodstream that the tick is feeding on", Sellati says. According to the NHS Lyme disease can usually be treated effectively if it's caught early on. But curing a disease might not fix some of the associated problems - such as arthritis that often accompanies Lyme disease - that can develop after an initial illness.

Flanagan said, "It's an honor to appoint Senator Helming to this vital Senate Task Force - - her contributions will help to better identify issues and resources to help the Finger Lakes region prevent Lyme's spread".

Many symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to other conditions, making it hard to diagnose.

The Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) likewise can transmit a species of ehrlichia to dogs, as well as to people.

The efforts are more urgent in light of the emergence of a new disease, Powassan, which is caused by ticks and is even deadlier than Lyme, he said. It's potentially fatal in humans and is transmitted in the bites from the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and brown dog tick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Powassan, which can be transmitted by three types of ticks, can cause encephalitis and meningitis. There are no treatments for Powassan. The disease causes flu-like symptoms and most people can recover with antibiotics. "It's not clear if there is a persistence of live replicating bacteria in some immune privileged niche where they're protected from exposure to antibiotics", Sellati says, or if it's simply the subsequent inflammation stirred up in the body that refuses to go back to normal.

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