What is a tick bite?

Ticks are blood-sucking parasites. When they take a blood meal, they can cause dermatological disease directly by their bite, or indirectly as vectors of other diseases.

Tick-borne diseases include:

  • Bacterial infections including Lyme disease, relapsing fever, tularaemia, and babesiosis
  • Rickettsial infections including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, other spotted fevers, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis, and Q fever
  • Viral diseases including tick-borne encephalitis, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Colorado tick fever, Powassan encephalitis, and others
  • Tick bite induced red meat allergy.

By: DermNet

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