Frequently Asked Questions About Tick Bites

Frequently Asked Questions About Tick Bites

Frequently Asked Questions About Tick Bites

It is the season for hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful Black Hills and surrounding area. With these outdoor activities come concerns about ticks and tick bites. Though you are at low risk to contract a tick related disease in South Dakota, traveling to surround areas, such as Minnesota, may put you at higher risk. Here are a few frequently asked questions about tick bites and ticks.

How can I prevent a tick bite?

Applying bug spray is the first step; either a DEET or Picaridin based spray offers the best protection. Wearing tight-fitting clothing that maximizes coverage, and tucking in clothes to minimize access is very beneficial. Wearing light colored clothing makes ticks easy to spot. Lastly, be sure to wash all clothing, ensuring all possible tick threats are gone.

How should I remove a tick?

opens in a new windowPerforming a full body check is the best way to ensure ticks have been removed. If a tick bite is found remove the tick as soon as possible. opens in a new windowUse tweezers and remove the tick slowly ensuring the head does not become disconnected, as this could lead to a potential infection. Finally, be sure to wash the affected area with rubbing alcohol or antiseptic, and wash hands with soap and water.

How do I properly dispose of a tick?

The best way to kill a tick is to place it in a bag of rubbing alcohol and keep it in the refrigerator. Now, if medical attention is later sought the tick is dead and available to narrow down possible contracted.

What symptoms should I be concerned about following a tick bite and when should I consult a doctor?

Symptoms that are concerning following tick bites are flu-related, these symptoms can include, but are not limited to: headaches, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, chills, or muscle aches. Also, if a rash develops around the affected area, it is important to see a doctor right away as this may be a symptom of an infection or disease. Lastly, be sure consult a doctor if the head of the tick becomes disconnected during the removal process, as this may lead to a potential infection.


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