Paralysis tick

Ixodes holocyclus

Adult Paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) Adult Paralysis tick engorged with blood. Paralysis tick nymph Paralysis tick nymph (immature form).The paralysis tick is found within a relatively narrow band down the east coast of Australia and is often encountered by bushwalkers and those in rural areas.

In most cases the tick bites are not serious. However, a few people develop life-threatening illnesses such as paralysis, tick typhus (caused by an infection carried by the ticks) or severe allergic reactions.

You can minimise the risk of tick bites by using personal insect repellents and examining children, pets and yourself after returning from known tick-infested areas.

Ticks feed through barbed mouthparts that pierce the skin and can be difficult to remove. If found after attachment, ticks can be killed using an insecticide (pyrethroid base). 

When removing the tick, it is advised not to grasp the tick's body as this can result in displacing fluids from the tick into the wound site. Instead, you should use forceps (or tweezers) to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, then pull it out.

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