Tick Disease Specialist

Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus

Garrison Morin, MD

Otolaryngology located in Winchester, VA

While you may associate Lyme disease with ticks, the small arachnids carry a wide range of bacteria and parasites that cause a variety of tick diseases. At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, board-certified Garrison Morin, MD, and his team diagnose and treat tick disease to restore your health and overall wellness. If you’re concerned about tick disease, call the Winchester, Virginia, office or schedule a consultation online today.

Tick Disease Q & A

What tick diseases exist?

While Lyme disease is the most well-known tick disease by far, Borrelia miyamotoi infections, Bourbon virus, Heartland virus, and Powassan disease are also common tick diseases across the United States. Other tick diseases include:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Relapsing fever
  • Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis
  • Rocky mountain spotted fever
  • Southern tick-associated rash illness
  • Tickborne relapsing fever
  • Tularemia
  • 364D rickettsiosis

Your risk of getting a tick disease increases if you spend a lot of time outdoors in grassy or wooded areas with high tick populations. Ticks are small arachnids, and you may not notice a tick right away.

Unfortunately, the longer a tick spends feasting on your blood, the more likely it is to pass on a bacteria or parasite that can impact your illness.

If you find a tick on your body, remove it with sharp-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to your skin as possible and pull the tick straight up with steady pressure. Then clean the bite site with soap and water and an alcohol swab.

What are the signs of tick disease?

Tick bites cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from pain or swelling at the site of the bite, skin rashes, and blisters. Depending on the type of tick disease you get, you might also develop other symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus right away. The longer the tick disease goes undiagnosed and untreated, the higher your risk of severe illness.

How is tick disease diagnosed?

Dr. Morin offers comprehensive exams and testing at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus to diagnose tick disease. He examines your body for signs of tick bites and asks questions about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle to identify your risk of exposure to ticks.

Dr. Morin also orders blood tests to screen for signs of the bacteria and parasites spread by ticks that cause disease.

How is tick disease treated?

Dr. Morin offers customized patient-focused treatments to help your body fight off any tick disease and improve your overall health.

For example, in addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Morin may also recommend dietary adjustments and supplements to reduce inflammation in your digestive tract and throughout your body.

For tick disease treatment, call Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus or make an appointment online today.