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Spring has officially arrived. Gone are the cold days filled with snow and ice. Everyone wants to be outside and enjoy Mother Nature. As a parent, it is your job to ensure that your child is protected. You put sun-block on their skin to shelter them from the sun’s harmful rays, band-aids to shield boo-boos from infection, and bug repellent to safeguard them from mosquito bites. However, there is one thing that you are not doing that is more critical than you ever imaged. You need to protect your child from ticks.
Every year the ticks roll in about the same time the warmer temperatures do. If your child is outside playing, you need to ensure they do not have any ticks on their body. Ticks can be minute, like the size of a pin head, or they can be the size of a thumb tack. Just because they are small does not mean they are harmless. If a black-legged tick would happen to bite you or your child, they carry dangerous bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. You may not even realize you have been bitten, but the key is to watch for symptoms.
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Whenever your child has been outside playing, you need to examine their body for ticks. Be sure to check in the folds of skin and also in the hair. Ticks love to go into crevices that are warm to feed. You need to be aware of the common symptoms associated with tick bites so that you can get medical attention right away if you have been bitten. Each case is different and not all bites will cause the same symptoms. However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a few symptoms that are easier to recognize. Most people are familiar with the “bulls-eye” rash. It is by far the most common symptom, as it affects about 70-80 percent of tick bite victims. Its technical name is the EM rash, or erythema migrant.
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One of the worst things a parent can do is pass off the tick bite as a spider or mosquito bite. The severity of the bites are vastly different. The CDC has posted lists about tick bites and what to expect. They state that the following symptoms are common of bites involving ticks:
•Swollen or Enlarged Lymph Nodes
•Muscle and Joint Pains
The preceding symptoms are ones that occur pretty soon after the tick bite. However, as the poison continues to spread throughout the body, the symptoms intensify. They are:
•Extreme Joint Pain
•Swelling in Joints
•Bodily Aches (May Be Intermittent)
•Irregular Heartbeat (Palpitations)
•Off Balance or Dizzy
•Short of Breath
•Infection and Inflammation on and around Spinal Cord and Brain
•Ringing in the Ears
•Tingling of the Hands and Feat
Most cases of Lyme’s disease can be treated with antibiotics. However, it is still very important to detect the presence of the illness early on. Though you need to be concerned about the disease, it is important not to worry about getting bitten. Using insect repellent is a great way to keep ticks at bay. If you see a tick crawling on you or your child, make sure to get it off. If it is just crawling on your skin, you are not in danger. However, if the tick bites then chances of contracting Lyme disease increases. If you are bitten by a tick, or you have been outside and develop some of the symptoms listed above, then it is important to contact your doctor immediately.