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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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TICK REMOVAL

I don't know if I posted this under the correct topic, but I received this email and thought it might be very helpful!! I've copy and pasted:


TICK REMOVAL

Spring is here and the ticks will be showing their heads.

Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try.

Please forward to anyone with children... Or hunters or dogs, or anyone who even steps outside in summer!!

A School Nurse has written the info below-- good enough to share --And it really works!!

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the
soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"

Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.

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Any kind of soap?




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Hey cool I never heard that one before! Do you mind if I copy your post and pass it to my customers and re print it on another forum?

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The problem with this method is that it can induce the tick to regurgitate blood back into the host. That is how tick diseases are passed - not JUST by the bite.
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Re: TICK REMOVAL

I would think that with any removal method comes the chance of the tick regurgitating blood back into the host. Are you saying that it has to be pulled out quickly like with tweezers? If you try to get the tick out with tweezers and fail the first time, this gives the tick ample time to reguritate the blood back also, wouldn't it? Also, with the tweezers there is a chance of not getting the whole tick out, leaving the head or a piece of it in there to cause infection. I've seen this happen plenty of times. I do a horrible job trying to get those darn things out with tweezers!! Not to mention, I pinch and pull hair along with the tick. Then sometimes it leaves a hard bump for some time.


Feel free to copy and paste this method..........

It says soft soap, so i would imagine any brand or type is okay, as long as it's softsoap...

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Forgot to add, without removal lyme's disease is passed when the tick is left to feed off of it's host for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours.........so tick borne diseases can be passed with or without removal.

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Re: TICK REMOVAL

(Deletd too much last time)

I've always used vegetable oil...AS SOON as I find a tick (if it hasn't latched on....after doing a "tick check" after hiking, etc.)

Some better methods:

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I guess that would have a similar effect as the soft soap. I did goggle this soft soap method and it is supposedly safe. Seems as though the tick cannot breath and backs out. Also, when using tweezers they say what makes the tick reguritate back into the host is when it is squeezed. They say you should never "squeeze" the tick!! How the heck are you supposed to pull that little sucker out with all the dog's hair and not squeeze it??!!

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You need the right type of tweezers:

http://store.fuzzytummy.com/shared/Store...ount2=472465157



These allow you to get under the body of the tick - right up against the head and pull it out without squeezing any 'juice' back into the host.
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Re: TICK REMOVAL

We have one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Tick-Twister/dp/B0...40845599&sr=8-3

It works great. We easily removed a tick the last time Heidi got one.

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