theo wrote:What is the best method so far to remove them, I just read about a cottonball with some dish detergent on it. They say to rub it on the tick and it will back out. Then the match method????? Any other ways other then the tweezers?
- don't ever follow this method in an area where Lyme is present because it could make the tick regurgitate its stomach contents into your system. This is something to avoid. The soap essentially causes the tick suffocate.
windyhill4.2 wrote:The best way is to use a tweezers to gently pull them off, do not jerk them off ,you want to try to get everything out , greasing or soaping them only makes them burrow deeper & gives them the time to inject their junk.If site turns red/swollen or forms a bulls eye,get to a doctor quickly for antibiotics. This is to try and ward off Lyme disease which NEVER goes away,it can be treated into remission but can flare up any time & Lyme ain't any fun ! it is actually a life threatening disease !
After a tick is embedded for 24 hours or more, their stomach fluids can enter the host's tissue and eventually the blood stream. Our county health nurse recommends to use tweezers. Grasp a small flap of skin that surrounds the embedded tick's head and pull the flap of skin along with the tick. Rub some alcohol or bacitracin ointment on the area. Doing this removes the contaminated tissue at the site of the bite.
If it's even a question of how long and you can identify the tick as a Deer Tick, see a doctor ASAP and plead for a dose of anti-Lyme antibiotic such as Doxycycline. Trust me, you don't want to chance getting Lyme disease. windyhill4.2 is right, how well I know