As the temperatures warm up, tick bites become a concern for families who enjoy outdoor activities. Detecting a tick early and removing the tick properly from the bite area is crucial to preventing tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
But how does a tick bite look and feel? And what are the best ways to detect and remove ticks to avoid illness? Here’s what you need to know to keep your family and pets safe through tick bite detection and prevention.
Can You Feel a Tick on You?
Can you feel ticks on your body? Unfortunately, the answer in many cases is no. When ticks are in the nymph stage during spring and early summer, they’re the size of a poppy seed, making them nearly impossible to feel. Detecting them requires super-close examination, and, even then, a tick can be in a place you can’t see on your own. That’s why it’s wise to have a friend or loved one scan for ticks after being outside, especially in places on your body that you can’t see.
As ticks grow larger, it may be easier to feel them moving on your skin, but there’s no guarantee. A tick crawling on your body can feel like a slight tickle—it’s a sensation that can be easily missed if you aren’t checking for them. You’re more likely to find it by seeing it crawling on you or on someone else.
To feel a tick on you (especially after it’s bitten you and is embedded on your skin), run your hands over the areas of your body where ticks are likely to crawl or bite, including:
- Under the arms
- Inside the belly button
- On the back of the knees
- In and around the ears
- Between legs
- On the scalp or in your hair
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What Does a Tick Bite Feel Like?
Unlike bites from mosquitoes and other bugs, tick bites do not typically cause immediate skin irritation or itching sensation. At the site of the bite, the tick injects its saliva, which contains a numbing agent called kinases, enabling the insect to avoid detection while it feeds on human blood. So, you may not feel a thing at the moment a tick bites you. Many individuals with Lyme disease were not even aware they experienced the bite until symptoms of the disease emerged well after the tick was gone.
So how does a tick bite look and feel? The answer depends on the type of tick and your personal reaction. Lesions can vary in appearance, size, and feeling. In most cases, a bite that does not carry a tick-borne illness will resemble a mosquito bite without extensive itching or pain and will fade within a couple of days.
Here are some of the different tick bites and reactions that are cause for concern:
- Redness or rash around the skin indicating inflammation and possible infection
- Bulls-eye rash—a telltale sign of a tick bite; this can indicate a potential infection of Lyme disease
- Bite area with a tick still attached and its head burrowed into the skin
- Fever, chills, aches, and pains, can be signs of a tick-borne illness
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If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above or have a tick attached to you, contact a medical professional who will have the proper tools to remove the tick safely. Once removed, the tick can be tested for disease to ensure you receive any necessary treatment.
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