Facts about Ticks
June 1 begins the height of tick season in most areas of the country. From June through August of every year, thousands suffer from tick bites — most of the time, without much consequence aside from a little bit of itching and a lot of mortification over discovering an arachnid clinging to your person and drinking your blood.
But in certain cases, there can be some complications; I was surprised to learn that ticks can transmit up to 15 different diseases. But for the sake of brevity, we’ll stick to the ones that are the most common and the most dangerous.
Transmitted by the black legged tick (or deer tick); according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. The vast majority of these cases occur in the upper midwest and the Northeastern United States.
Although Lyme disease is highly treatable, if left untreated, the ramifications can be severe — the disease may spread through the joints, heart and nervous system. The symptoms of Lyme disease start off benignly — a bull’s eye rash (or erythema migrans), fever, headache and fatigue may be the only symptoms early on. If you see the tell-tale bull’s eye, call your doctor immediately to begin treatment.
The second most common type of dear born illness is Rocky Mountain spotted fever — transmitted through dog ticks, in some cases, it can be fatal.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.