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Tick season is expected to be brutal this year. Local doctors are already treating patients for tick bites.

The insects that resemble spiders bury themselves in the skin and need to be removed as soon as possible. Some ticks carry disease.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating tick bites.

Here's what to watch out for:
--A rash near the bite site
--Neck stiffness
--Headache or nausea
--Muscle or joint pain
--Swollen lymph nodes

Use tweezers to remove a tick by grasping the tick close to the skin's surface and pulling away from the skin. Don't bend or twist the tick. Make sure none of the body parts are left behind.

Clean the area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. See your doctor if you start developing symptoms or don't want to remove the tick yourself.

To prevent getting bitten, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts outside, and use a strong insect repellent.

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