Common Myths About Ticks

According to a recent report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Lyme disease-carrying ticks have been on the rise in the U.S. over the past two decades. In just that short period of time, Lyme disease cases have tripled and now affect around 300,000 Americans each year.
It is important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to tick information and safety. Here are a few common tick myths that can help clear up confusion if you plan to head outdoors this summer.
1. All ticks carry disease.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, only black legged ticks carry the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi responsible for Lyme disease.
2. Ticks can latch on to people by falling or jumping from trees.
Ticks are unable to jump. They hang on tall grasses and shrubs until a host brushes by the plant they are sitting on. They are also able to crawl up on to a host from the ground.
3. You’ll feel it when you’ve been bitten.
Unlike other insects, tick bites usually aren’t felt at all. Be sure to check your body or your pets throughly after walking through ungroomed outdoor areas.
4. Correct procedure to remove the tick.
The CDC recommends using tweezers to grab hold of the tick as close to the skin as possible for safe removal. Do not attempt to suffocate the tick with chemical substances or burn it with a match.
5. You’ll know that you have Lyme Disease if your rash looks like a bullseye.
Though the bullseye rash is often an indicator of Lyme, according to the CDC only 70 – 80 percent of people who become infected get this type of rash.
Article adapted from Health Freedoms.

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