Tick search

The tick can crawl for several hours on the body, looking for a good spot before it bites the skin. If you move in an area where ticks occur, you should do tick search every night.

Carefully examine the entire body, especially the areas of the body where the skin is thin (behind the knees, groin, back of the ears, and hair and scalp). In children, the tick often bites in the upper body. The tick can also travel indoors via a dog or cat. Tick’s saliva contains an anesthetic so that the bite does not hurt. Many don’t even notice a tick bite.

The search should be done routinely, for example in the shower.

Remove the tick immediately. The longer the tick is attached to the skin, the greater the risk of Lyme disease in humans. The risk of infection increases significantly when the tick has been attached to the skin for more than 24 hours. The TBE virus / tick-borne encephalitis infects a person within minutes after the tick bite. If you can’t get the tick removed completely, wait a few days for the remnants of the tick to be easily removed with tweezers or a clean needle.

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