Ticks are eight-legged and relatives of the spider. The deer tick, also known as the blacklegged tick is commonly associated with Lyme disease. Did you know that some ticks are capable of transmitting infections? The risk of developing infections depends on the type of tick, season, and geographic location. For Lyme disease, this depends on how long the tick was attached to the skin.
The risk of acquiring a tick-borne infection is quite low. Ticks transmit infection only after they have attached and then taken a blood meal from their new host. A tick that has not attached has not passed any infection. If a person is bitten by a type of tick that carries Lyme disease (deer tick), a healthcare provider will likely advise one of two approaches.
Before seeking medical attention, the affected person should carefully remove the tick and make note of its appearance.
Here are some guidelines on how to remove a tick:
After removal of the tick you may decide it it best to contact your healthcare provider or clinic to provide a description of the tick, along with any physical symptoms you are experiencing to decide upon a course of action.