Ticks are small, insect-like creatures that can attach to you as you brush past bushes, plants, and grass. Once on you, ticks often move to a warm, moist location, like the armpits, groin, and hair. At that point they typically attach firmly to your skin and begin to draw blood.
Ticks can be fairly large -- about the size of a pencil eraser -- or so small that they are almost impossible to see. Ticks can cause a variety of health conditions ranging from harmless to serious.
This article describes the effects of a tick bite.
This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
See also: Tick removal
Hard- and soft-bodied female ticks are believed to make a poison that can cause tick paralysis in children.
While most ticks do not carry diseases, some ticks can carry bacteria that can cause:
Ticks live in wooded or grassy fields.
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