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Healthwatch: Tick and Snake Bites

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Enjoying the summer months outdoors brings the higher chance of ticks attaching to your body.

If you are outside and are able to spot a bite, be aware of possible symptoms that could follow. Amber King, a physician's assistant offers some tips on what to do. 

"The most common [symptoms] are fever, body aches, fatigue, headaches, and some of them you'll get a rash and fever or then a fever then a rash and may take over 30 days to show up," King said. 
 
If you receive a tick bite that requires medical attention, treatment methods will likely include antibiotics. 
 
Aside from ticks, snakes also pose a threat. If you are bitten by a snake, it's important to remember the following. 
 
"Don't try to suck out the venom, if you cut the area you're probably gonna spread it into your blood stream," King advises. "Wherever you got bit below the heart don't put a tourniquet on, you'll localize the venom to one area of your skin and cause even more tissue damage."
 
It's important to also remember to not take aspirin or put an ice pack on a snake bite wound as that will thin your blood and could cause an even higher level of tissue damage. Seek medical attention immediately for all snake bites, and be sure to keep the wound elevated. For more tips on treating bites, click here