It’s tick season in Ohio! The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Take action to decrease your risk of infection: protect against tick bites, check for ticks, remove ticks as soon as you can, and watch for symptoms.
Avoid areas where ticks live.
Use tick repellents.
Cover up to keep ticks off your body.
Don’t let ticks hitchhike inside on your clothing.
Check your whole body for ticks.
Use a removal method that is proven to work.
Many tickborne diseases can have similar signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses are:
Tickborne diseases can result in mild symptoms treatable at home to severe infections requiring hospitalization. Although easily treated with antibiotics, these diseases can be difficult for physicians to diagnose. However, early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications. So see your healthcare provider immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms described here.