Tick Paralysis

Tick Paralysis

  • A rare allergic reaction to a tick bite

  • Caused by a neurotoxin in saliva of a female tick

  • Begins with weakness in legs

  • Paralysis begins in the lower legs and moves up the body

  • Lungs become paralyzed

  • Can be fatal unless the tick is found and removed in time

  • Once the tick is removed, the patient recovers

  • The tick is often on the head, usually at the back, at the hairline

  • The tick can be on the neck, back or other location