Tick Bites: Signs of Tick Paralysis - Topic Overview
The inability to move a part of your body (paralysis) as a
result of a tick bite is a rare problem.
Tick paralysis can be caused by several different
types of ticks in North America. The symptoms of tick paralysis are caused by
the venom secreted from the female tick during feeding.
Symptoms usually start 4 to 7 days after a tick attaches to your
body. Symptoms of tick paralysis include:
Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or legs -- especially on just one side of the body
Slurred or unusual speech
Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Trouble walking, dizziness, or balance problems
Most cases occur in children. When these symptoms develop, contact
your doctor immediately to arrange for care. Removing the tick may
be all that is needed to stop the release of the venom and control the