To determine if you are at risk of getting tick-borne diseases, you must submit a badanie kleszcza. The Tick Testing Laboratory will identify the species and engorgement status of the tick. In most cases, you should submit the tick in sealed zip-lock bags and mail it overnight or via priority carrier or UPS. You can submit the tick for examination with your name, address, and phone number (with area code).
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Once you have found the tick, the next step is to measure its scutum. Its length and width are then divided by the size of the tick body. The physician can use a tick-examination kit to determine the tick type, or they can calculate the scutal index with a mobile phone application. Once the scutum and body measurements are known, the tick can be identified and treated prophylactically.
If you are concerned about the bite, you should clean it immediately using rubbing alcohol or soap. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after the tick extraction. If the mouth part of the tick does not break off, you should leave the area alone. However, if you believe that you were bitten by a tick, you can test it by collecting the blood or urine from your skin. Blood and urine collection kits are available. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
Although ticks cannot transmit Lyme disease bacteria, other ticks may carry associated pathogens. You can also have a positive test for Lyme disease if you encounter an infected tick. While a tick examination is not a substitute for a medical diagnosis, it can be a helpful tool to determine treatment options for your dog if you suspect he has Lyme disease. But be careful. A positive test does not necessarily mean that the bacteria are present in your blood.