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Thread: Yuck! I found a tick.

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    And it was attached to me. With everything I'm dealing with now I am worried about getting a disease from the darn thing. The spot is not bothering me but just the thought of it freaks me out. This has been a tough week for me.

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    Watch to see if the spot gets a "bull's eye" type of rash around it. If it does, go see your doctor.

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    I just posted a response to your injury and came across this one. I'm an old hand at ticks. I'm surprised you ran into one this late in the summer. Most ticks are not the carriers; just a creepy source of itch. When detaching one get the whole body with a tweezer and pull it off head and all. I flush the little buggers down the toilet so it won't reappear some how as they are very hard to kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdgiffin
    Watch to see if the spot gets a "bull's eye" type of rash around it. If it does, go see your doctor.
    It looks good this morning. So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kit'smamma
    I just posted a response to your injury and came across this one. I'm an old hand at ticks. I'm surprised you ran into one this late in the summer. Most ticks are not the carriers; just a creepy source of itch. When detaching one get the whole body with a tweezer and pull it off head and all. I flush the little buggers down the toilet so it won't reappear some how as they are very hard to kill.
    I got him head and all and flushed it. It hurt when I plucked out. I was thinking the same about it being late in the season. Don't know where I picked him up from probably my folks while checking on the garden, what's left of it.

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    So sorry! Those critters can be unnerving!!! If memory serves me right a tick needs to be "attached" for around 6 hours before you really have to worry about Lymes. I have bad reactions to tick bites even if they're not infected. The one thing I have found that stops the itch is Noxema! (the regular old face cleaner) It's inexpensive and really is the ONLY thing that relieves the itching for me, so if you have a problem with itching give it a try. :)....:(...:)

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    I don't have any itching which surprises me. I put rubbing alcohol on after getting the tick it out.

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    I have Lyme disease and it only comes from Deer Ticks which are itty bitty. Not the regular garden variety tick. You get Rocky Mountain spotted fever from them but I have never known of anyone getting that.

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    Ugh.......I hate ticks!

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    We live on a farm way out in the country and we are used to ticks - lived here for 40+ years and raised 3 kids here - many ticks and no sickness, ever. My DD went away to college and lived in a dorm the first two years and shared one bathroom down the hall - it was very big with lots of showers, sinks, toilets, etc. One day she heard a girl scream and scream and finally decided that she needed to go to see what was going on. A crowd had formed in the bathroom with the poor girl, naked, screaming because a tick was attached to her "bottom". Nobody knew what to do, except for my DD - she was the one elected to remove the tick!

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    UGH! That's one of the bugs that creeps me out the most! Sorry he *gotcha*! :(

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    We live in the country also and ticks are a regular thing here. Probably no reason to worry but just keep and eye on it!

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    I hate those little buggers. creepy little parasites.

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    Just for future reference - when you pull off a tick, grasp the body and head with tweezers or a hemostat and twist. The twist 'unlocks' the mouth/teeth and makes it for a cleaner removal. You always need to make sure you have the head. If left behind it will become quickly infected and get really bad, really fast.

    Unfortunately, living in the middle of nowhere means LOTS of ticks and their season is from March to about the end of October around here. With the 'high' season is June to September. The first year we were here, we found a live tick on DH's leg right before Thanksgiving, but it had been really wet and mild. Can't wait for the first frostfreeze to kill 90% of all of the nasties outside.

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    I was told that putting fingernail polish on it's butt would make it raise the head from the skin and then could be brushed off. I haven't had one since we stopped hunting, deer had lots of them.
    I quickly learned that you do NOT lean against a hanging deer for those bragging pictures, these critters go after warm blood.

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    Makes me shudder! I am glad we have none of those here in Alaska!

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    When my son was little I was washing his dark hair and didn't realize that he had a tick in his hair. I thought it was gum so I keep rubbing it. Pretty soon there was alot of blood dripping down from the top of his head. I looked and found the tick but it was too late, I had already broken the body off of the darn tick. Since it had been there for 2 days it had started to suck blood!!!!
    We ended up having to take him to the emergency room since its head was still attached.

    I remember his three year old sister crying because she thought her brother was going to die since there was so much blood.

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    I found this one early he hadn't properly attached yet. It was still burrowing into the skin. The skin is red and there is a blood spot from plucking it out. It isn't bothering me at all so I think it will be ok.

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    I think you will be fine. Ticks don't bother me that much. When I lived in Arkansas they were a real problem. The ones I really hated were the little seed ticks. You would brush against a weed and later you would suddenly feel them...I have dropped my pants more than once to get them off! :lol: We got ticks on such a regular basis that we would lay them in an ashtray and hold a lighter to them. When they popped, you knew they were dead!

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    My huz had had a couple deer ticks I had to remove. One buried itslef so deep I had to dig 1/4" in to get it all out. If we have a warmer than normal winter they are active. He had to take antibiotics a few times for tick bites.

    The worst was spider bites. They can contain MERSA! He had a spider in his shirt that bit him on the back & chest. A few days later he had a huge burning rash that was spreading. It took weeks of antibiotics to get rid of that.

    Ticks can also hide in plants you purchase at garden centers.

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    Carrie, sorry to hear you had a rough week AND the tick! I'm catching up here :)

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    Was it a tiny deer tick or a big wood tick? I thought it was the tiny ones that carried lymes - even so, we were in Southern IL in June and I had an attached deer tick - but the locals assured me that the occurrence of lymes down there was pretty low anyway. Anyway, so far I've been fine. Hopefully the same for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    Was it a tiny deer tick or a big wood tick? I thought it was the tiny ones that carried lymes - even so, we were in Southern IL in June and I had an attached deer tick - but the locals assured me that the occurrence of lymes down there was pretty low anyway. Anyway, so far I've been fine. Hopefully the same for you!
    It was a tiny tick. But I haven't heard any any lime disease here. But with my luck, well you know!!!

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    Even tho you got it out I would put a drop of lavender oil, tea tree oil from Walmart , or even some I beleive clove oil, which you have to ask for from the druggist. Don't need prescriction and clove will also numb any pain you may have. It's used for toothaches and infections in gums. All will fight infection , but don't use more than twice a day.They are concentrated oils and should not be overdone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedsheets
    Even tho you got it out I would put a drop of lavender oil, tea tree oil from Walmart , or even some I beleive clove oil, which you have to ask for from the druggist. Don't need prescriction and clove will also numb any pain you may have. It's used for toothaches and infections in gums. All will fight infection , but don't use more than twice a day.They are concentrated oils and should not be overdone.
    Thank you. I don't have any pain and I just looked at it and the spot seems to be going away. Infact it hasn't bothered me at all. No pain and no itching.

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