- Muscle and joint aches
- Nausea and loss of appetite
- Stiff neck
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- Confirm the presence of the ehrlichiosis
- Look for any other infection that may have been passed from the tick
- Look for any signs of organ damage
- Wear light colored clothing to make ticks easier to see.
- Wear long pants and socks. Consider tucking your pants into your socks so the ticks have a harder time getting to your skin.
- Use a bug repellant that contains DEET. Follow directions for use on container.
- Check yourself and your pets thoroughly for ticks.
- Quickly remove any ticks that you have found.
- If a tick is attached to the skin, remove it as soon as possible. Grab the tick close to your skin and pull out with steady pressure. Wash the area where the tick was attached with soap and water.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Communicable Disease Control http://www.gov.mb.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Ehrlichiosis. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/ehrlichiosis.html. Updated January 2010. Accessed September 5, 2013.
Ehrlichiosis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ehrlichiosis/. Updated August 13, 2013. Accessed September 5, 2013.
Ehrlichiosis. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/ehrlichiosisanaplasmosis/Pages/Default.aspx. Updated September 7, 2012. Accessed September 5, 2013.
- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2013