Tick season biting into summer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After a two year old from Plainfield, Indiana, died from what is believed to be a tick bite some are questioning whether we will be seeing an uptick in diseases spread by the bugs in our area.

Ticks carry Lyme disease and rocky mounted spotted fever, but less than 1 in one million people get these diseases from tick bites.

However there are a few things you need to know about these creepy critters.

"There might be a few more tick bites a little earlier in the season,” Dr. Jameel Clark said.  “We typically see issues with ticks come up in the summer."

It's that time of the year again, and if you're going outside you're at risk of getting bitten by a tick.

"One of the problems with tick bites is that there's often not a lot of symptoms right away,” Dr. Clark said. “It might not itch, and it might hurt."

Dr. Jameel Clark of the Norton Children’s Medical Associates says that while ticks are known to carry diseases that doesn't mean you're going to get sick.

"This region doesn't really see a lot of the ticks associated with Lyme disease, but we are in the area where Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be noticed,” Dr. Clark said.

While there are a variety of ways to remove a tick Dr. Clark has a little free advice.

“There are some wives tales out there that you don't want to do like putting Vaseline on them and things like that,” said Dr. Clark.  “All you need to do is take it and pull straight up. Try to avoid crushing the animal, and try to avoid twisting."

From there you should be in the clear, if you still have issues after the removing the tick you might not be out of the woods.

"One of the types of rashes that some people get concerned about actually looks like a little red target bullseye lesion is what we call it,” Dr. Clark said. “If you have something like that go see your physician."

In addition to the target rash if you have a fever, headache, malaise, and fatigue it's important that you air on the side of caution and contact your local doctor.

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