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Health Information For Parents
Most tick bites are harmless and don’t need medical treatment. But some ticks (like the deer tick, wood tick, and others) can carry harmful germs that cause diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. The deer tick is tiny, no larger than a pencil point. Other ticks are larger and easier to find on the skin.
It’s important to remove a tick as soon as possible. Follow these steps:
Note: Never use petroleum jelly or a hot match to kill and remove a tick. These methods don’t get the tick off the skin, and can make it burrow deeper and release more saliva (which makes it more likely to pass a disease).
Watch out for:
Boy, your child’s freckles really stand out in the sun â yikes, that one is actually a tick! What should you do?
A tick attaches itself to the skin of a person or animal and sucks blood. If you have a dog, it may have picked up a tick before! Learn more about ticks in this article for kids.
Find out what the experts say.
Lyme disease can be treated if it’s caught early. Find out what causes it, how it’s treated, and how to prevent it.
Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Find out more about this disease and how to keep those ticks away.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an infection spread by ticks. Find out more about it – including how to prevent it.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a disease caused by a bacteria that is carried by certain types of ticks. Learn about the signs and symptoms of RMSF and tips for preventing infection in this article.
A stiff neck is usually nothing to worry about. In rare cases, it can be a sign of something serious. Here’s what to do about a stiff neck.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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