Parents Beware!!

SEED TICKS

Jack had one of these seed ticks on him a few weeks ago. I thought it was a mole so I stopped scratching at it. Then it just bothered me so I scratched it some more and it eventually came off. I have never seen ticks that small. Everyone be on the look out with your children. I saw this post on Facebook and decided to share it with everyone. They are in full bloom!! 😡

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.

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.

***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

First post and pictures from  Beka Setzer. Thank you for posting on Facebook and making us aware of these little critters

 

Symptoms Of Seed Tick Bites: How To Remove Seed Ticks At Home?

The larval form of ticks is called seed ticks. Seed ticks are tiny and consist of six legs as compared to adult ticks having eight legs. Ticks can infest humans as well as animals. They bite and burrow into the skin. The bites of seed ticks can cause intense itching in both animals as well as humans. Since this form of ticks resembles tiny seeds they are referred as seed ticks.

We all know ticks often cause infections as they carry microorganisms. Although seed ticks are small in size they are as potent as adults. They dig into the skin and suck blood. They also pass diseases in humans similar to adults. They can transmit diseases such as rocky mountain fever and tularemia. Since they can causes diseases they need to be removed and the bites treated.

Usually antibiotics and anti histamines are useful in treating the condition. However, they should also be removed properly.

Symptoms Of Seed Tick Bites
Seed ticks always are not carriers of any pathological disease. In such case they may not produce any symptom. At the most they can cause itching and bump like swelling on skin surface, especially if the person is allergic. However, if they are carriers of pathological organisms, they can produce diseases and the symptoms of these diseases. The symptoms may vary according to the disease, for example;

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain fever:

Rashes on extremities, especially on wrist and ankles.
Muscular pain.
Symptoms of Tularemia:

Sudden onset of high fever followed by profuse sweating.
Enlarged spleen.
Swelling on skin at the affected site.
Swelling of lymph nodes.
If mouth is the portal of entry, it can result in inflamed tonsils and mouth ulcers.
Lymph nodes remain enlarged for months.

Symptoms of Lyme disease:

High fever without any reason.
Rapid heartbeat.
Ringing sound in ears.
Rashes in the area of seed bites.

How To Remove Seed Ticks At Home?
The most important thing in seed tick infestation is to remove the ticks from the body. Antibiotics play an important role in treatment of symptoms produced by seed tick bite. Few home remedies also work well to remove the ticks. If you are coming in contact with your pet animal, you should also treat the pet.

Seed ticks appear as tiny dots on the skin. There are plenty of them on a given particular site of the skin. The first step is to remove the seed ticks. Do not remove seed ticks with your hand. Use a knife to scrape the ticks. You can also use tweezers to remove the seed ticks. While removing use magnifying glass to visualize tiny seed ticks.
Masking tape is another method to remove seed ticks. Place the tape over the area firmly. Now pull the tape with force at one time. The ticks that are stuck to the tape should come out.
If the ticks do not come out with the tape, you have to use shampoo that removes lice.
To alleviate itching, apply ice cubes wrapped in a towel over the area.
Applying aloe vera juice on the area is also a natural remedy to treat seed tick bite.
Well that about raps it up for these none loving little critters we have to worrie about as the warm weather approaches.

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