What are the symptoms of a tick bite?

Symptoms of a tick bite vary depending on the species of tick that bites. Many ticks bite people, and people often don't realize it because the tick bite has no noticeable symptoms or the bite itself seems insignificant. Notable symptoms of a tick bite include redness, weakness, nausea, and itching, although some symptoms are more troublesome than others.

Redness and itching are the most common symptoms of a tick bite. When someone starts itching, they usually try to find the cause. The problem with ticks is that they often fall off when people scratch themselves. A mark that has not been embedded in the skin will fall off easily. If the redness or itching continues, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine can stop the allergic reaction triggered by the sting.

If the tick bite site begins to swell, it is necessary to consult a doctor. The swelling can be a simple allergic reaction to the sting, but it often requires prescription medication to remedy and can be dangerous if left untreated. The redness, itching, and swelling should only last a few days.

Other signs and symptoms of a tick bite are more troublesome and require immediate medical attention. If someone begins to complain of numbness in their extremities or is unable to move their arms or legs, that person should be taken to a hospital immediately. Some types of tick bites release neurotoxins into the body that can be extremely dangerous, even fatal, if left untreated. These neurotoxins can lie dormant in the body and cause problems long after the tick is gone. When these symptoms appear, doctors should be told how much time the person has spent outdoors in recent weeks, even if a tick bite was never confirmed or even suspected.

Lyme disease is the most common of the toxic tick bites, but there are others that are just as dangerous. The symptoms of these tick bites often mimic other problems, making diagnosis difficult. A person who has any combination of tick bite symptoms should ask their doctor if a tick bite is a possible cause of the symptoms. In addition to numbness and paralysis of limbs, these tick bites cause headaches, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.

Some tick bites cause confusion because the toxin released by the bite enters the victim's brain. With these bites, the bitten person can fight the idea that he has something wrong. If someone shows significant signs of confusion, such as not knowing the name of a familiar person or forgetting where they are, then a tick bite is a strong possibility and that person should see a doctor immediately.

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