At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- State where ticks can be found in the United States
- Describe what a tick looks like
- Explain where ticks are commonly found
- Describe how ticks can make people sick
- Explain how to avoid tick bites
- Explain how to inspect yourself for ticks
- Describe how to remove a tick from your body
- List some symptoms of tickborne illnesses
- Explain when to get additional medical assistance for a tick bite
The following key questions are answered in this module:
What are ticks?
Small insects that bite people, staying engorged for hours or days.
Are ticks dangerous?
They can pass serious diseases to people while sucking their blood.
Where in the U.S. do ticks live?
All over the United States.
What types of areas do ticks live in?
Areas with grass.
How can I avoid being bitten by ticks?
Avoiding areas where they live, wearing insect repellant, and wearing long, protective clothing.
How can I know if I've been bitten by a tick?
Inspect your entire body closely after being in an area where ticks may live.
What should I do if a tick has bitten me and is engorged in my body?
Use tweezers to remove the entire tick from your body, save the tick in a bottle, and contact a doctor.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
Tick bites can be minor but they can also lead to very serious diseases. The best thing to do is to avoid being bitten. This often comes down to wearing appropriate clothing and using insect repellent, knowing where ticks tend to live, avoiding those areas when possible, being alert and watchful when you must be in those areas, and inspecting your clothes and body afterwards. In most cases, tick bites require only minor first aid. In other cases, however, they can require getting the person additional medical assistance. Be sure you know if ticks are in your area, how to avoid them, how to provide first aid, especially for more serious bites, and symptoms that a tick bite is serious, such as the circular bullseye pattern around a bite.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- WebMD – www.webmd.com
- WebMD Ticks Treatment - http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/ticks-treatment
- Mayo Clinic – www.mayoclinic.org
- Mayo Clinic Tick Bites First Aid - http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-tick-bites/basics/ART-20056671
- US National Library of Medicine (NLM) - www.nlm.nih.gov
- NLM MedLine Plus Tick Bites - https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tickbites.html
- American Red Cross – www.redcross.org
- American Red Cross: Insect Bites and Stings - http://www.redcross.org/email/safetynet/v1n9/buzz.asp
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov
- OSHA eTools - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/logging/manual/tick_disease.html