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Ticks are found everywhere throughout the country, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors, you’re more than likely to encounter one. Some ticks will carry diseases that can cause humans to get sick when they’re bit. The longer a tick is in the skin, the more likely you are to get sick, so prompt removal is important.
Once you come back indoors from hiking or being in wooded areas, you should get your skin for ticks. Be sure to also check pets whenever they go outdoors as well, as they can bring ticks into your home. If you have never removed a tick before, it’s important to get a good grip on its head. The head is typically burrowed into the skin, so use sharp tweezers to grab it. Pull upward with consistent force.
If you remove the tick completely, there should be no dark or black marks. If you still see one, the ticks head may have gotten dislodged & is still in the skin. If you are not sure how to remove the tick, visit AFC Castle Rock to have it removed by one of our board-certified medical providers.
Lyme disease can be debilitating if the symptoms are left untreated. Most symptoms of Lyme don’t begin to show until a few weeks to a month after getting bit by a tick. They can resemble flu-like symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.
If left untreated for months, symptoms will worsen. They can cause facial paralysis, severe head and neck stiffness, heart palpitations, pain and stiffness in tendons or joints, nerve pain, and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Lyme disease is diagnosed through blood tests. If your test comes back positive, your medical provider will prescribe antibiotics that can last up to a month long. Sometimes, the antibiotics don’t work, and you still develop long-term Lyme disease. In this case, you may be prescribed even stronger antibiotics.
AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock is open seven days a week for tick removal and testing for Lyme disease. If you’re ever in need of mild to moderate medical care, visit AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock. We accept many insurance policies and provide low costs for all other patients. Visit our walk-in center or call now for more information at (303) 660-9700.
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.