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What Extreme Weather Conditions Will Mean For The Global Tick Population

For Lyme disease to thrive in the United States, tick populations also need to thrive. It’s a cyclical occurrence that when ticks have a “good” year, Lyme disease numbers tend to increase. With the global onset of environmental changes, though, the effects on the United States climate have been detrimental.

Consider the wildfires that rage through California. Although climate change may not be a direct cause, it is a threat multiplier, meaning that it increases the risk that such events will be worse than in previous years. But what does this have to do with tick populations and Lyme disease?

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What Does 2020 Summer’s Tick Season Look Like?

As the warmer weather sets in, getting outside is on the top of many people’s to-do list. This is even more true with the COVID-19 crisis that has rendered other popular pastimes off-limits in most places. With fewer indoor pursuits to enjoy, many people have turned to the great outdoors to get out of the house and into the sunshine.

When you partake in outdoor activities such as hiking, nature walks, and lounging in parks, the risk of getting bitten by a tick increases. The risk of contracting Lyme disease is also heightened by a potential delay in health care for those who do happen to get bitten by a tick.

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Spring Is The Beginning Of Tick Season: 3 Ways You Can Protect Yourself

With spring quickly approaching, the promise of sunny days and warmer weather is enough to get anyone excited about swapping the winter coats for T-shirts and shorts. By the time March 21 rolls around, the ability to go for a hike through the woods is high on the priority list of many outdoor enthusiasts. But warm weather comes with a few downsides, too. The answer to “Is spring the beginning of tick season?” is an unfortunate yes.

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Is Typhus The Same As Lyme Disease?

Tick-borne illnesses can lead to severe complications if left untreated. Many of the illnesses caused by tick bites present themselves the same way in the early stages. Often, the symptoms after a bite appear flu-like, but some people can get infected with a tick-borne illness and be asymptomatic.

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Is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Caused By Ticks?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF for short) is one of the most dangerous vector-borne diseases that humans can contract. Yet not a lot of people know how you catch it. Lyme is the heavy-hitter of vector-borne diseases, but there are countless more out there that humans can potentially contract from any given bite of a tick, louse, mite, or flea. Sometimes these can be transmitted simultaneously with Lyme disease, in which case they’re known as co-infections. Sometimes they are contracted singularly and do enough damage on their own. Unfortunately for doctors, many of the initial symptoms of these diseases present the same way. Knowing if you have come into contact with any ticks or fleas recently is key. But is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever caused by ticks? And if so, what tick causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

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