Unfortunately, it’s going to be a bad year for ticks and Lyme disease, according to a recent report from NPR.org.
It’s time to be more diligent than ever in looking for ticks after you or your children have been enjoying those summer days and nights.
Ohio mom Beka Setzer shared her experience with “seed ticks” last summer, giving warning that parents should definitely take note because these teensy ticks can cause a lot of harm.
Setzer explained that after her little girl spent 30 minutes playing outside, she discovered that her daughter was covered in these tiny ticks.
Setzer was able to remove them, but her daughter became sick, nevertheless. She wrote on Facebook: “PSA: (check pictures/watch videos below) I’m putting this out there just a heads up for parents of kids who love to play outside during this time. Emmalee was playing outside yesterday rolling around on the ground while enjoying the sprinkler. After coming inside and laying down for a nap I just happened to notice tiny (and I mean TINY) little black dots all over her legs, abdomen, arms and armpit area.”
She continued, “Thinking they may have just been seeds I tried to wipe then scrape one off and it was a TICK! She must’ve been playing in or near a nest of tick larvae and was covered. I spent nearly an hour and a half picking off well over 100 minuscule baby ticks off of her, gave her a long dawn dish soap bath with repeated washing, washed all bedding, clothing and toys she came into contact with afterwards and administered Benadryl. This morning she woke up with a low grade fever, these spots on her and a hard, large marble sized swollen lymph node. She’s been seen by the Dr. already today and has been started on aggressive ATB’s and antihistamines, hopeful it’ll clear up quickly.”
Setzer further noted: “I want to make every parent aware of what these look like so you can be on the lookout. They’re not as easy to see as the ticks you’re likely looking for on yourself or children. Pictures and videos below (look very carefully) – research ‘seed ticks’ for more info.”
To give an idea of the size of the ticks, she took a photo of a seed tick beside a penny to show just how easy it could be to miss them. These ticks, like regular ones, need to be removed with tweezers to detach the body and head, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains.
Setzer gave a new update this year, writing: “For anyone just seeing this post recirculating from last year, here is a quick update: First and foremost – these were NOT chiggers. They were ticks. That being said, This tick incident will have happened a year ago in July. Emmalee is doing great. She has been negatively tested twice now for Lyme and I will continue to have her tested for some years to come, as a precaution. I did have her on two months of ATB’s beginning hours after the bites to help fight against any possibility of tick-borne illnesses and had numerous doctors involved in her care.”
She further noted: “Thankfully she has had no other related symptoms to date but I won’t stop being proactive about it. I hope it stays that way! I have gotten a lot of wonderful information since originally posting this. Thank you for helping to spread awareness about seed ticks. Hopefully by sharing this, others will be spared getting caught up in a similar situation.”