Friday, 13 July 2018

Tick Check Zones

How to Remove a Tick

  1. First, try to ignore the super-mom adrenaline pumping through your body!
  2. Approach the tick from the side with device or tweezers.
  3. Slide the notched tick removal device underneath the base of the tick head and the skin. If using tweezers, apply them firmly as close to the mouth/skin as possible.
  4. With a firm, slight lifting motion, gently spin the tick remover until the tick detaches itself. If using tweezers, pull up firmly but continuously. Don’t jerk or twist.
  5. Put the tick in a sealed bag, mark it with the date, and put it in the freezer. This kills it and saves it for identification if symptoms come up.
  6.  Make sure that there are no tick parts left embedded in the skin. If there are, pulling it out with tweezers like a splinter or using a drawing salve can be helpful.
  7.  Wash the area with soap and water and apply an antimicrobial to the area. Diluted lavender or germ-fighting essential oil blend are both good options.
Chances are all will be well if caught early and handled properly, but here’s what to look for:

Symptoms of Tick-Borne Illness

According to the CDC, possible symptoms of a tick-borne illness are:
  • a relapsing fever and chills (flu-like symptoms)
  • achy joints or muscle aches
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • a large circular rash that looks like a bulls-eye around the bite site (called erythema migrans)
The bullseye rash doesn’t always occur, so it is important to check for other symptoms.