This is a topic that lots of people are concerned about. I normally don’t think about things like this at all, but due to recent events, it is at the forefront of my mind. While working with a friend, I received a tick bite. We removed the tick, and I forgot about it for a few days. Within a couple of days, the bite location started turning red and itching like mad. I doctored it with peroxide and ointment. I figured it would go away in a couple of days. It didn’t go away. I finally went to the doctor and was placed on two antibiotics. So, that started me researching tick-transmitted diseases.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is carried by wood and dog ticks. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by a bacteria that the ticks can pass to humans. If not treated soon, RMSF can lead to life threatening complications like shock and kidney failure. The first symptoms of RMSF normally occur a week after the bite has occurred and can include any of the following: fever, severe headache, nausea or vomiting, muscle and joint pain. Any or all of these appear in connection with a distinct rash. The rash is purple or red spots that normally start either on the hands or feet and spread to the arms, legs, then the rest of the body. If diagnosed quickly, RMSF can be treated with antibiotics. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is not something to be played with.
Lyme Disease got its name because it was first diagnosed in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. I remember first hearing about Lyme disease being in our area in the late ’70s. Lyme disease is carried by deer tick. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash a site of bite, fever, headache, and fatigue. If Lyme disease is untreated, the infection can spread to the heart, nervous system, and joints. Untreated Lyme disease has been known to cause chronic arthritis. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.
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