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By Angela Counter – Off The Grid News
If you think ticks are just another outdoor nuisance, no more dangerous than a mosquito, think again.
According to the CDC, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually. It is caused by bacteria spread by the bite of an infected tick, and can lead to rash, fever, aches, and in serious cases, cardiac arrest and death. Although Lyme disease is most commonly associated with ticks, these tiny creatures are also responsible for the spread of more than 10 other diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Even if a tick doesn’t carry disease, its habit of burrowing into the skin can make it difficult to remove, creating an open bite that can become infected. Be practical when moving through brush and woods in summertime, and take precautions to prevent tick bites.
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Now that the weather is warmer and sunnier, the grass is green again and the flowers are in full bloom, it’s a great time to go hiking and camping again. It’s also the perfect time for different types of bugs to stretch their legs and wings and start looking for prey.
That’s why today we’re going to talk about ticks since they are especially active from April through September and one of their prey is…well, us! It’s not necessary for a tick bite to become an emergency, but many of them carry a lot of diseases from tick-borne meningoencephalitis to Lyme disease, a disease that it’s not only crippling but really hard to detect due to its confusing symptoms. That’s why ticks deserve a lot of attention, and that’s exactly what we’re gonna give them today.
We’ll discuss everything you need to know about how to avoid ticks while being outdoorsy this spring and summer, what to do in case one gets on you and how to deal with its bite in both a normal situation and in a post-SHTF scenario.
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