In this episode we will discuss tick-borne illnesses with Dr. Richard Horowitz. Dr. Richard Horowitz, MD is a board-certified internist with 30+ years of experience treating over 13,000 patients for tick-borne disorders and complex autoimmune conditions. He is the author of two national best-selling books on Lyme disease (Why Can't I Get Better? St Martin's Press, 2013, NY Times Best Seller; How Can I Get Better? St Martin's Press, 2017, National Bestseller). Listen to today's episode to learn more about these pesty parasitic arachnids!
There are over 800 different species of ticks in the world and over 100 of these are found in North America. The good news is you will probably never encounter most species of ticks in your lifetime. Only a handful of tick species come into contact with humans.
Contrary to popular belief, a tick isn’t an insect, but rather falls into the category of arachnids. Other examples of arachnids include spiders, scorpions, and mites.
People who work, camp, play, or visit wooded and grassy areas are at the highest risk of getting bitten by ticks. Pets are also highly susceptible to tick bites due to their exploratory nature.