Summer is my favorite time of the year. While I do sweat more and sunburn quickly, I love how warm it is and how you can stay outside later and enjoy more hours or sun. But as the summer months set in, so do the insects and bugs. Besides mosquitoes and swarms of gnats and blackflies, another bloodsucker terrorizes millions of Americans each summer.
Ticks. These guts love the warm weather almost as much as those living in Maine. And because they’re carrying diseases and problems, they can do much worse to us than take a thimble-full of blood.
The number of diseases that ticks – as well as mosquitoes and fleas – has tripled in the United States. That’s right. There are now three-times more diseases you can catch from these common bloodsuckers. If you’re not careful, they can hop onto your socks and latch into your skin. Because they like to look for inconspicuous places to hide, like in your hair or behind your ear, it can be hard to find a tick after it starts sucking your blood.
Lyme disease is a common tick-borne illness. But in this article, we’re exposing you to more than just Lyme disease. And the CDC wants to do the same. Of the influx of new diseases from these bloodsuckers threatening Americans, ticks carry 60 percent of them.
Ticks carry many diseases with them that can damage your health. Lyme disease is just the tip of the iceberg. And f you live in the Northeast, the upper Midwest, and down South, you know you need to watch out for ticks.
Whether you love going outdoors or not, you need to be on the lookout for ticks. Now that they’re three-times more dangerous than they were before, it doesn’t matter if you’re spending time in the woods – a tick can get onto you just from you walking in the grass. We’ve already mentioned Lyme disease. Here are some others.
Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis
If you get one of these tick-carried diseases, you could get a fever, headache, body chills, muscle aches, nausea, cough, stomach pain, and confusion. In other words, you might think you have the flu. This is the most common one after Lyme disease. Tens of thousands of cases are reported annually.
You might not notice symptoms of this condition until months after you were infected. Then you might be rundown with fever, fatigue and much more.
You might experience a skin ulcer where the tick bit you. This can lead to swelling and glandular problems. It’s a rare condition, but something you must watch out for now that ticks are threatening more people, including children.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Also known as rickettsiosis, this horrible disease starts with flu-like symptoms. But when the rash appears, you know you’re in trouble. If untreated, the spotted fever can kill you. With more ticks in the wild, cases are on the rise. If untreated, this disease can destroy your red blood cells. Those with weakened immune systems must watch out.
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