Ticks, those blood-sucking vampiric parasites that harass people and animals throughout the world, are universally despised. There are many reasons these pests are so loathed and reviled, from the sheer ick factor of their feeding habits to the fact that they can transmit disease. If you find that you have an infestation of ticks, it might be time to call in a professional exterminator as you definitely want to get as much protection against these creepy crawling disease incubators as you can.
Tick fever is a disease that can be passed from ticks to humans. Most of the time, the disease is passed by humans coming into contact with either dog ticks or deer ticks. The disease is mostly limited to the Western Hemisphere, and is often also called Colorado Tick Fever or Rocky Mountain Fever.
Symptoms of Tick Fever
Tick fever often feels similar to a severe cold or the flu. Body aches, a headache and a rash may develop, but the most common symptom is that of a high fever. Those suffering from the disease may also suffer from night sweats or the chills.
If experiencing these symptoms after discovering the presence of a tick, it is best to visit a healthcare professional immediately. Not treating the fever can result in an inflammation of the blood vessels, which can lead to complications such as blood clots and circulatory issues. Fortunately, in the early stages the disease responds well to antibiotics, which can help stop the disease before any permanent damage is done.
Most often, ticks can be encountered in wooded areas, so it is most important for individuals living in these environments to take precautions against getting bit and contracting tick fever as a result.
In these environments, wearing protective clothing that covers as much as possible is important, as this can help deter ticks by denying them areas on the body to which they can attach. The insects need to have direct contact with their victims' skin in order to attach.
If you have been spending time in wooded areas, even if you do wear sufficient protective clothing, it is not a bad idea to do a quick inspection in the evening or during a shower or bath to make sure that none of the little nasties managed to crawl inside the clothing and attach themselves. Particularly inspect areas that were exposed, such as the neck and the hands. In addition to the presence of the tick itself, keep an eye out for what appear to be small bites, which will often appear discolored and slightly raised compared to the rest of the skin.