The general online consensus claims that Lyme disease is the most dangerous. This is probably because it is the most common disease transferred from ticks to humans. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system. While this is a problem, it can be treated with antibiotics in a matter of weeks. Another disease to mention is that ticks have been found to carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
I would like to add that Lyme disease is only curable in the first stage – after that, it can be treated, but you are susceptibe to flare-ups for the rest of your life. If you allow it to reach its late-stages, it could be life threatening. Rocky Mountain Spotted fever is also a very serious illness carried by ticks, and is also potentially fatal. It is possible for one tick to carry both diseases, so checking yourself for ticks if you have been in contact with wooded areas, is crucial to keeping yourself safe from a lifelong battle with these diseases. If you are able to find the documentary “Under Our Skin,” which is about the effects of late-stage Lyme disease (and about the U.S. health care system’s resistance in treating people with this disease), you should watch it. I believe it is available on Netfilx.
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