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AK. Tick Bites

Some ticks transmit bacteria that cause illnesses such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Your risk of contracting one of these diseases depends on what part of the U.S. you live in, how much time you spend in wooded areas and how well your protect yourself. 

If you receive a tick bite: 
  1. Remove the tick promptly and carefully. Use tweezers to grasp the tick near the head or mouth and pull gently to remove the whole tick without crushing it. 
  2. If possible, seal the tick in jar and keep it for a week or two. Your doctor may want to see the tick if an illness occurs. 
  3. Use soap and water to wash your hands and the area around and tick bite after handling the tick. 
  4. Call your doctor if you aren’t able to completely remove the tick. 
See your doctor if you develop:
  • A rash
  • A fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain and inflammation
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Flu-like symptoms

Call 911 if you develop: 
  • A severe headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Paralysis
  • Chest pain or hear palpitations