• Consumer Health: First aid for tick bites

person finding wood tick on young girl's neckTick bites: First aid
Most tick bites are painless and cause only minor symptoms, such as redness, swelling or a sore on the skin. But some ticks transmit bacteria that cause illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Learn the correct way to remove and handle a tick, and when you need to seek medical attention.


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