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What are the risks of a tick bite?

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Ticks can transmit a number of diseases to you in a single bite. The most severe of these is Lyme disease. It can lead to problems with your spine, joints, nervous system and heart. If you’re pregnant and get Lyme disease, your unborn baby can be affected, too

SOURCES:

CDC: “Ticks and Lyme Disease,” “Stop Ticks,” “Natural Tick Repellents and Pesticides,” “Chapter 2, The Pre-Travel Consultation: Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks and Other Arthropods.”

MotherToBaby/Organization of the Teratology Information Specialists: “Fact Sheet: Insect Repellents.”

Mayo Clinic: “Got a tick? Get tweezers?” “Lyme Disease.”

InfantRisk Center/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: “Insect Bites and Repellent Sprays for Pregnant Women.”

MedicinesinPregnancy.org/UKTIS: “Chemical Insect Repellents.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Pesticides and Pregnancy,” “Herbs and Pregnancy.”

Malaria Journal: “Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing.”

JOGCC : “Management of Tick Bites and Lyme Disease During Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 19, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Ticks and Lyme Disease,” “Stop Ticks,” “Natural Tick Repellents and Pesticides,” “Chapter 2, The Pre-Travel Consultation: Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks and Other Arthropods.”

MotherToBaby/Organization of the Teratology Information Specialists: “Fact Sheet: Insect Repellents.”

Mayo Clinic: “Got a tick? Get tweezers?” “Lyme Disease.”

InfantRisk Center/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: “Insect Bites and Repellent Sprays for Pregnant Women.”

MedicinesinPregnancy.org/UKTIS: “Chemical Insect Repellents.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Pesticides and Pregnancy,” “Herbs and Pregnancy.”

Malaria Journal: “Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing.”

JOGCC : “Management of Tick Bites and Lyme Disease During Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 19, 2019

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