With the amount of time most people spend outdoors in the summertime, it's important to be aware of some of the risks that come with being outside (video below).
One of the biggest threats is ticks. Ticks are tiny insects that feed on their host's blood. They pose a serious risk to humans because by the time you find one on you, they could have already transmitted a serious disease into your bloodstream.
Only two out of about 800 species of ticks can transmit disease to humans: soft ticks and hard ticks, according to Healthy Life. Hard ticks transmit diseases to their hosts after feeding for a long time, while soft ticks can transmit diseases in less than a minute.
The main disease that ticks transmit to humans is Lyme disease. The CDC estimates that roughly 300,000 people contract Lyme disease every year, according to CNN.
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Fortunately, there are signs to look for that will let you know if you need medical attention. The clearest way to spot a tick bite is a red bulls-eye mark on your skin. It will be a red spot where the tick bit you, with a larger red ring around the bite.
If you ever find a mark like this on your skin, it is important that you immediately seek medical attention. Other insects can leave similar marks, though tick bites generally come with symptoms such as fevers, nausea, and muscle and joint pain.
Lyme disease can be difficult to treat after being spread, so it is important to act quickly if you or a loved experiences any of these symptoms.
Be careful outside this summer!