What to Expect From a Tick Examination

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Before you have a tick examination done, you should know what to expect. You should first contact your local county vector control office. Typically, these offices will provide educational materials and information regarding tick examination. If you’re unsure whether a tick is carrying an infectious disease, you can consult a physician for guidance. The results of a tick examination are often accurate, but they cannot guarantee that a person will not get sick. There are other factors that should be considered, too. More info – Blumed

What Is A Tick Testing Service?

When it comes to testing for ticks, a simple blood test or DNA amplification can determine whether the tick has contracted a disease. While a tick examination should not be a substitute for a doctor’s diagnosis, it is useful in determining whether your pet needs medical attention. Most tests involve amplification of pathogen-specific DNA, or PCR. To send a tick for testing, you should secure the tick with tape and label it properly. Don’t place it in a moist environment, because this could affect the results of the test. Also, alcohol can interfere with the results.

If the tick is not visible, you can obtain the patient’s medical history. This will allow you to determine whether the tick was present when the patient contacted the animal. The duration of the tick’s attachment may be inferred from the patient’s history, but this may not be accurate for patients who continue to be exposed to ticks. Performing a scutal index assessment may be more accurate. During this process, you should determine the species and genus of the tick, including its life cycle stage and gender.