Important Information About Tick Removal

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Important Information About Tick Removal

Post by RitaA » Mon 7 May 2012 17:31

A member of my family forwarded this e-mail to me and asked if this method of removing ticks is legitimate or not. It is NOT, so please keep reading:
Tick Removal........... with Lyme disease on the rise, take heed:

A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from some major problems.

Please forward to anyone with children, 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 sometimes 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.
Again, please do NOT pass on the information above because it does NOT work according to experts.

To be absolutely certain about this, I consulted what I consider to be the best source of information about ticks: TERC (The Tick Encounter Resource Center) in Rhode Island. They responded today by e-mail, so please feel free to repost the following information on your facebook page, blog, website or any Lyme disease forums:
This email has been circulating for several years now. About 2 years ago, TickEncounter did test this strategy for removing all kinds of ticks – nymphal and adult deer ticks, adult dog ticks, Lone Star ticks – we allowed ticks to attach for 18-24 hrs (so they were feeding) and then followed the procedure exactly as well as made some modifications (longer soap soaking time). In the end, we were never able to remove a single tick. In our experience, a pointy tweezer is the single most efficient tool for removing ALL types and sizes of ticks. Some of the other devices that are marketed may work for adult stage ticks but not so well on nymphs, or to remove ticks on smooth body surfaces but not so much on difficult surfaces (especially in the groin). If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at our “how to remove a tick safely” video. ... tick_video ... ove_a_tick

If you and your family and friends always wear tick repellent clothes, hopefully you will never have a tick bite. But if you do, now you know a great strategy. We hope this helps. ... t_clothing ... t_clothing
Rita A

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