With the onset of symptoms, ranging from 7 to 14 days, it is often hard for victims and/or parents to associate the illness with the tick bite. Two of the major diseases spread by the common tick are Ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. Both of the diseases produce symptoms that mimic the flu and include fever, headache, rash, nausea, chills, weakness, and/or joint pain. Many times people will wait the normal ten days expecting the symptoms to disappear, and by then it can be too late. Advanced symptoms of Ehrlichiosis can be similar to meningitis and often will result in low white blood cells, platelet and liver enzyme counts.

The warning by the medical community is for anyone who lives in rural-type, tick-infested areas, to seek immediate medical care if they are bitten by a tick and experience any flu-type symptoms.

Advanced symptoms of Lyme disease can include extreme fatigue, arthritic joints with pain, disorientation, memory loss, and in extreme cases even death and sadly if the patient doesn’t mention being bitten by a tick the medical community may be at a loss as to the cause of the illness.

The good news, however, is that once diagnosed the treatment is relatively simply and includes large doses of vitamin C, a strict diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of water, and the right antibiotic. However, if the diagnoses is delayed it can take years for symptoms to be eradicated.

To prevent tick bites doctors suggest using Avon’s Skin-So-Soft on your skin and taking daily supplements of vitamin B1 and garlic tablets. The B1 and the garlic changes the smell of the skin, so ticks don’t like it and while the ticks may crawl on you they won’t find a piece of skin to bite. Skin-So-Soft works because it contains an alternative ingredient to DEET a chemical repellent that guards against tick bites.

To protect your children and yourself it is recommended that exposure to tick-infested areas be minimized but if that is impossible and you are bitten by a tick take extreme caution and watch for any symptoms that could indicate one of the two above mentioned diseases. One quick note is that these are only two of the diseases spread by ticks there are in actuality many more including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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