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Tick bite first aid needed. 
9th-May-2006 04:59 am
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Anyone know how to remove a tick without leaving its head in? A storm woke me earlier and I've discovered a tick embedded behind my left knee. It's 5am and the thing has drunk all the gin MWNN poured on it and is waving a leg drunkenly at me. The medical kit doesn't have any instructions as to how to go about removing the little bugger.
9th-May-2006 04:00 am (UTC)
I did a google search, and the consistent answer on the web pages followed this Doctor's advice:

The Best Way to Remove a Tick
The possibility of tick-borne illnesses gives a sense of urgency to the topic. In chat here at DrGreene.com, a mother asked me about the best method for getting ticks off our kids (and animals). People in the room had heard of many methods: applying rubbing alcohol, smothering with Vaseline, painting with fingernail polish, twisting clockwise (or counterclockwise), and touching with a hot match. Though these methods are popular, they are not the best. Use tweezers to grasp the tick as near to the mouthparts (and as close to the skin) as possible. Use gentle, steady, straight force to pull the tick out. The site should then be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with alcohol or another disinfectant.

The tick can be killed by soaking in rubbing alcohol or flushing down the toilet (it should not be crushed or squeezed). Hands should be washed afterwards. Check with your local health department to see if they want the tick for monitoring purposes.

Prompt and complete removal of ticks does help prevent illness. This is a situation where the folk remedies can do more harm than good.

Alan Greene MD FAAP

Good luck! *shudders*
9th-May-2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Oh much sympathy, husband's ferrets gave me a tick, I freaked, husband did the match thing but now tells me that's not the best idea, can go into details, the vaseline, oil works well but takes acouple of days and you want it gone, he recomends tick teasers from pet shop.

Hoping you are sorted.
9th-May-2006 07:10 am (UTC)
The vaseline thing works well.. smother the little bugger in it.. they drop off but probably not till several hours afterwards

You poor thing, ticks are nasty little blighters!
9th-May-2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
And maybe ask a doctor, tomorrow.

9th-May-2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Sorry sweetie, I have no useful suggestions. Thank goodness other people do.
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