What to do if you get bitten by a tick

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Tis the season for warm weather, flowers and ticks. Even though they're small in size, they can pack a big punch.

Ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.
So if you've been bitten or think you may have been bitten by a tick, Dr. Kerkering with Carilion Clinic says there are some signs to look out for.

"The illnesses associated with ticks that make you the most ill like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, it's the worst headache of your life. It's usually a frontal headache and there is often time fever associated with it," he says.

He also says a bulls-eye rash, that's not at the site of the tick bite, could mean Lyme Disease. Some who've been bitten show no signs at all.

To avoid ticks altogether, Dr. Kerkering suggests spraying repellent containing at least 35 percent Deet directly to the skin. Permetherin can also be applied to clothing to ward off the creatures.

"The treatments are with a specific type of antibiotic, they work very well. So when you come in to get treated for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease, the cure is 100 percent," according to Kerkering.