Tick Removal

by Justin on June 26, 2007

Every now and then after hiking or just coming in from the outdoors you feel something “tick”le your leg, arm or even head, and upon further investigation you find the culprit. A Small brown insect with eight legs crawling along going about its business. But sometimes you find that the little critter has already started working, and you find him attached to you.

Thats not good, but panic and pull the tick out because of nervousness, there are proper ways of getting them off of you even though your brain is telling you to get it as soon as possible. Whether or no you catch some sort of disease or illness from the things these ticks that are very common in the United States.

Just as Mosquitoes carry many diseases that can make you sick when it bites you, so can Ticks. From the more common and deadly Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To other unheard of things like Colorado Tick fever and several forms of ehrlichiosis. So proper removal of these tiny blood suckers is very important to your health.

The best way to remove a feeding tick is to use a small set of tweezers and slowly pull it out from the head, several companies even make specialized tweezers just for this purpose. Other way of removal such as heat or chemicals should be avoided at all costs because it includes the chance of the tick regurgitating its stomach contents back into your skin which will greatly increase your odds of getting sick. Lyme Disease cannot be contracted if the body has been removed even if the head is still buried in your skin. The faster you remove the tick in the proper manner, most infection takes an extended amount of time, Lyme Disease usually around 24 hours.

So when your outside whether your hiking, or fishing near tall grass or really anywhere you feel ticks may live, be sure to have someone check you thoroughly and you do the same for them.

Tall grasses are the most common areas to find ticks because they climb to the ends of tall grasses and wait for something to pass by so that they can latch on. So be smart to prevent these small but potentially deadly critters out of your way and off of your skin.

By Jesse G. Roland

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