Agency Header


Can You Get Sick From a Tick?

Most of the time, no. But ticks can also carry diseases … like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lyme disease starts off with a ‘bull’s-eye rash.” You might also have fever and aches. If you get a bull’s-eye rash, you should tell an adult so they can take you to a doctor.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever and some other diseases carried by ticks start off with fever and headache. You might also get a rash. If you don’t feel well, you should tell an adult so they can take you to a doctor.

What Can I Do to Avoid Ticks?

It is no fun being sick from a tick, so it is better to keep them from biting. Here’s what to do at summer camp:
  • Ticks like to live in woods with piles of leaves and shade. They also like weeds and tall grass.
    If you go into these areas with woods or weeds:
    • If you can, stay on the trail.
    • Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants. You can even tuck your pants into your socks to keep tick away.
    • Use bug spray with 20% DEET on bare skin, particularly near the bottom of the pant legs and the ends of sleeves. Read the directions on the bug spray. Follow the directions.
    • After you have been in the woods or in weeds, check for ticks. Ask a friend to help.
    • Take a shower after hiking to help get rid of ticks.
  • If you find a tick stuck in your skin, ask an adult to help you remove the tick:
      Ticks should be removed with a pair of fine tipped tweezers.
    • With the tweezers, grab the tick firmly and as close to the skin as possible.
    • Pull the tick steadily and gradually away from the skin.
    • Clean the tick bite site with soap and warm water.

    Want to Learn More?

    DHHR Logo
    Contact Us | Site Map
    West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
    350 Capitol Street - Room 125 - Charleston, WV 25301 - (304) 558-5358 - Fax: (304) 558-6335