Most people are unaware of the many infections they are exposed to when they get a tick bite. Generally, they are only concerned with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease but the reality is they are also at risk for getting many other infections.
Unfortunately, most doctors are not aware of these co-infections either and may misdiagnose symptoms as something else. Every few months the news reports on a new tick-borne infection, usually when it takes someone’s life.
I’ve read and heard others say that not every tick has Lyme. That is true, but every tick carries some form of infection whether it’s bacterial, viral, or parasitic. You may not want to know this but they can even transmit worms.
Unfortunately, unless you’re seeing a physician who understands the complexities of a tick bite, you have a very good chance of going undiagnosed.
Depending on where you live and what kind of tick bit you will determine which infections you are at risk of getting.
Below is a list of some of the most common tick-borne infections. These are called co-infections because many times they are transmitted along with Lyme Disease.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Colorado Tick Fever
Tickborne Relapsing Fever
All of these infections are difficult to diagnose and can range from mild to very serious. It is always best to take the necessary precautions to avoid these infections. Keep away from tick-infested areas, use the proper repellents and always check for ticks upon returning indoors.
If you suspect or know that you have been bitten by a tick, take proper steps to treat the bite.