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What are the symptoms associated with tick bites?

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Tick bites are generally without symptoms and are harmless. A bite may leave a small red bump, which is normal, and can become infected if not cleaned properly. If a person is allergic to tick bites, there may be pain or swelling, a rash, burning, blisters, or even difficulty breathing, says healthline.com.

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What are the symptoms associated with tick bites?
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Some ticks do carry diseases. These diseases, if transmitted to humans, can cause flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, fever, headache, vomiting or muscle aches. Some tick-born diseases include Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Although rare, these diseases are serious and require medical treatment, reports WebMD.

Ticks are small, eight legged bugs that live outside and feed on human or animal blood. Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body such as armpits, groin or scalp. Once a tick has bitten a host, it remains attached to the body while feeding and can stay there for days or weeks. It is important to remove a tick as soon as possible to avoid infection or disease. Use tweezers to grab the tick near its head and pull gently without squeezing it. Carefully wash hands and the tick bite area with warm, soapy water. Seek medical treatment if any unusual symptoms appear within a few days or weeks of a tick bite, instructs Mayo Clinic.

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