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The inability to move a part of your body (paralysis) as a
result of a tick bite is a rare problem.
Tick paralysis can be caused by several different
types of ticks in North America. The symptoms of tick paralysis are caused by
the venom secreted from the female tick during feeding.
Symptoms usually start 4 to 7 days after a tick attaches to your
body. Symptoms of tick paralysis include:
If the tick bite is on the head, symptoms of tick paralysis may
Most cases occur in children. When these symptoms develop, contact
your doctor immediately to arrange for care. Removing the tick may
be all that is needed to stop the release of the venom and control the
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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