How do you get a tick bite and what to do if you have a problem?

Each week, reply to Sign up for the Vaal (47), a general practitioner in Nijmegen, the netherlands, a common, or outstanding question on a practice. This week is: what do you do if you had a tick bite you?

“There’s a lot to do about tick bites. Not bad, for each of the years in the Netherlands, especially in the months of June and July, as many as one million people are due to these critters bites you. The problem is that it is a tick infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is, if you don’t make to be treated, Lyme disease can cause.”

So, make sure you give yourself and others a tick bite

“A tick is only 1-to 3-millimeters in size, and it’s like a tiny little spider. He is in the bushes or tall grass, are very fond of human blood and seems, therefore, like to put on your skin. He was looking for a place where they are found, such as under your armpits, in your groin, behind your ears, in your cleft, or in your hair.”

“If you’ve just been bitten, there is often not much more than a tiny black dot on the skin.”
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“In fact, the rule is: if you’re into nature, check in with yourself and possibly with others, such as children, always on the mark. Especially, in the above-mentioned areas. This requires quite a bit of detective work; you’ve just been bitten, then it is often no more than a tiny black dot on the skin.”

Common symptoms of Lyme disease

  • A growing discoloration on the skin
  • Fever, and possible muscle and/or joint pain
  • Often, even the more obscure physical symptoms, such as joint-, nerve-, skin -, or heart disease
  • In short: put it on your calendar so that any time you have a tick bite you had

“You will see a tick on your skin, you should try it, then gently wipe with a paper towel. That works, if not it has teeth. Does s / he do? Pick up his coffee cup over it with a pair of tweezers or a tick remover and pull it out of the skin. Disinfection in the remaining wound is always with a drink.”


All you need to know about the tick

A tick in time is to remove the risk of infection is less

“Only one in five of the character is carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in and of itself. That which is given within 24 hours in most cases still have not been transferred. All the tick bites, too, which is more than 24 hours, gets only 2 to 3 percent of the population is infected with the bacteria.”

“However, it is wise to make a visit at the nature of your body within 24 hours of the check to reduce the risk of contamination as much as possible. Please write also in your calendar, if you’ve been bitten, and where it is on your body, but in nature, the tick will probably have to be picked up.”

Draw the roadmap:

  • Be sure to check your body and clothing are always on the mark when you are in nature you have. Think, for instance, especially in areas such as the groin, knee, cleft and head.
  • Do you have a tick is discovered? Try to be careful to wipe away.
  • The insert teeth, remove it within 24 hours to prevent possible contamination. This can be done with a pair of tweezers or a tick remover. Disinfection of the wound, always.
  • If you are bitten, and to trust you to not see the doctor or the nurse.
  • “If you are bitten, then, is the advice: just wait and see. Keep an eye out, there’s redness at the site of the bite occurs, such as an expanding red circle around the wound around it. Are you confident it’s not, then you can send a picture to the nurse. They will tell you if there’s a need to make a visit.”

    A tick remove it with tweezers or a tick remover. (Image: 123RF)

    What do you do if you have a tick too late discovered the

    “When a tick may be as long as 24 hours to get your body in the past, then you’re kind of in a twilight zone. The chance that the bacteria you have transferred is the greater, but it still holds true: he doesn’t have to be infected to it. A visit to the doctor, and, after consultation, what is now, a good idea.”

    “Stél that you’ve been bitten by an infected tick and get Lyme disease, there are in fact two stages of the reaction, and the reaction from the rest of the body. Both of which are easy to treat with antibiotics. However, in the second stage of Lyme disease are the damage in the rest of the body have been created that are no longer fully recover.”

    “If you get the tick to let you find it, you can antibiotics as a preventive measure to use. However, this is not the solution for everyone, because it can cause any side effects. You can also use it with your doctor and agree to to to to look. See, for example, redness of the skin occur or you get a fever, then it’s not too late to still take antibiotics to get it.”

    In all cases, prevention is better to be safe than sorry

    “Some patients ask me to take a blood test after a tick bite. But that is not to say always, something, sometimes, it takes a while for the bacteria to be detected in the body, so there is nothing to worry about seems to be. Whether you’ve got the bug may have already been unconscious before, and self is overcome, as the blood seems to be saying that he is present and active it is. You would then be nothing to take antibiotics for them.”

    In all cases, the following applies: prevention is better than cure. If a visit is in the nature of a cap, and a pair of trousers. This is particularly the case for children. And make sure for yourself and your friends when you arrive home is always a moment to sign within 24 hours.”

    For some people, this disease is spreading in the low-, heart -, or zenuwklachten, but there are many other symptoms as well. For details on lyme, you can find more information at the website of the institute for public health. Gp’s Often advise this to deliver in a general sense.

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