Tick Bite

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Photo Example

Wood Tick (Dog Tick)
Wood Tick (Dog Tick)

This is a picture of a female American brown Wood Tick.

The Wood Tick (or dog tick) is the size of a watermelon seed and can sometimes transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Colorado tick fever.

Deer Tick (Black-Legged Tick)
Deer Tick (Black-Legged Tick)

The Deer Tick (black-legged tick) is between the size of a poppy seed (pin head) and an apple seed.

The deer tick is found on a wide rage of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles.

This tick can transmit Lyme disease to humans and animals during feeding; this occurs when the tick insert its mouth parts into the skin of a host and slowly ingests the host's blood.

Deer Ticks (Blacklegged Ticks)
Deer Ticks (Blacklegged Ticks)

Deer Ticks (Blacklegged Ticks; Ixodes scapularis), are found on a wide rage of hosts including mammals (e.g., deer), birds, and reptiles.

Deer ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) to humans.

FIRST AID Advice - How to Remove a Tick
FIRST AID Advice - How to Remove a Tick

Wood Tick Removal:

  • Use a pair of tweezers and grasp the wood tick close to the skin (on its head). See image.
  • Pull the wood tick straight upward without twisting or crushing it. Maintain a steady pressure until it releases its grip.
  • If tweezers aren't available, use fingers, a loop of thread around the jaws, or a needle between the jaws for traction.

Tiny Deer Tick Removal:

  • Needs to be scraped off with a knife blade or credit card edge.
  • Place tick in a sealed container (e.g., glass jar, zip lock plastic bag), in case your doctor wants to see it.

Note: Covering the tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish or rubbing alcohol doesn't work. Neither does touching the tick with a hot (like a match) or cold object.

Erythema Migrans Rash
Erythema Migrans Rash

The majority of cases of Lyme disease start with a bull's eye rash ("erythema chronicum migrans") at the site of the tick bite. The rash can occur days to weeks (typically 7-10 days) after a tick bite.

Treatment with antibiotics is indicated if this rash appears.

It is thought that Lyme Disease can be prevented if the tick is removed within 24 hours of attachment.

Adult Deer Tick
Adult Deer Tick

This adult Deer tick is about the size of an apple seed. The tick is flat and has not yet begun feeding.

Wood Tick in Scalp
Wood Tick in Scalp

This photos shows an engorged (full with blood) wood tick hiding in the hair on the back of the head.

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