Understanding Treatment
for Tick-Borne Diseases

What are tick-borne diseases?

Ticks are tiny and sometimes almost impossible to see with the naked eye, but they are bloodsucking parasites that can carry bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms that can significantly harm us. That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of ticks whenever you spend time outdoors, especially in warmer months. They can attach to your body or clothing when walking through tall grass, leaves, or shrubs. Ticks transmit diseases to animals and people. Although the most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, others include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichia, babesia, and tularemia.

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What are the symptoms of tick-borne diseases?

Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body, and once they bite, they tend to remain attached to your body and can stay there for up to ten days. Tick-borne diseases can cause many different symptoms that often present themselves within several days or weeks after a bite. These symptoms may include a red spot or rash near the bite, neck stiffness, headaches, nausea, lethargy, muscle or joint pain, fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes.

How are tick-borne diseases diagnosed?

The best way to identify and diagnose a tick-borne disease is with a blood test. In some cases, having one blood test can detect and distinguish multiple types of diseases or infections caused by tick bites. However, certain tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, require two separate tests — all of which can be administered at any ID Care location.

How does ID Care treat tick-borne diseases?

Most patients with tick-borne diseases are treated with antibiotics at ID Care. Because our team has extensive knowledge of the effectiveness of specific antibiotics in treating tick-borne diseases, we provide treatments that are proven to be successful. If you’re treated with the right antibiotics in the early stages of the disease, it’s likely that you will recover completely.

How can I protect myself from tick-borne diseases?

Tick-borne diseases occur all over the world — including your own backyard. Fortunately, there are many ways you can protect yourself from tick bites — both outdoors and indoors. Remember to:

  • Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin, or picaridin
  • Wear light-colored, protective clothing when going outside
  • Tuck pant legs into socks to help prevent ticks from reaching your skin
  • Avoid tick-infested areas such as the woods, shrubs, weeds, and tall grasses
  • Check yourself, your children, and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove them with tweezers

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic