What do I do about a tick?

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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry this is not exactly CP related, but I was wondering if anyone knows the proper procedure for removing a tick.  My husband works nights and this morning I went out to ask him for a back rub because I was miserable and I noticed what I thought was a red ring around a mole that he has on his back.  When I got closer, I realized the mole was down lower on his back and I thought what I was seeing with my sleepy eyes was a scab hanging off of a sore spot.  Then once I grabbed it and pulled it off with some difficulty, I realized it was a tick, but in my sleepy stupor I had already dropped it and we could not find it.
I am sure it was a deer tick, and I got all but what I think was a small piece of one of it's legs out.  I tried for over an hour to get that little piece out, but it was burrowed in there quite deep.  I got a hold of it a couple of times and pulled with all my might, but it just would not come out.  The area around it was already red, but tonight it was even more red, and you could still see very clearly that there was a tiny little piece still in there.
I told him that he has to go to the doctor and probably be put on antibiotics, but he is giving me a hard time.  He is a Corrections Officer and happens to work in the prison infirmary so I asked him to have the nurse at work look at it tonight, but I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with these critters.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure what to suggest except that he get some medical attention. Even if someone on the forum (you might try the Lyme Disease section of the forum) gave you advice, I'd still have it looked at by someone who knows what they're doing. They're nothing to fool with, from what I know.

Roll up some newspaper and bonk him over the head and tell him he's gotta be a big boy and go to the doctor! smilewinkgrin

Maybe the nurse at the infirmary will be able to do enough. I'm not sure.


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/9/2009 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with PaLady! 100%

I, myself, got a tick. It embedded itself on my upper chest when I was
about 14. My family was wildnerness camping with another family and
the only one who knew anything at all was the father of the other family.

OMG. I remember something about a match, a cup of gasoline ... dunno what
else. Something HAD to be done and he was the only one to do it. I will never
ever forget. He has long-since gone to Heaven. (I hope)

It was before the days of Lyme disease, I think.

Take him to the doctor, Bluejet. Men!! smhair

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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   

He really needs to "suck it up" and go to the Doctor and have it looked at, if a portion of the tick is left in his body, that is not good! Lyme disease is always a risk, and although easily treated if caught early, it can cause some serious problems if not treated properly!

Good Luck to You

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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree with the others, take him to the Doctor, If he get Lyme disease it'll be so hard for you both...
Tweezers are the only things I know of to take a tick off with..Keep us posted...
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   Posted 4/9/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with everyone here! Get to a doctor as the piece of the tick is still in there. I have only had one tick on me (thank god) in my entire life. It scarred me emotionally and to this day I try to stay out of areas that I know ticks reside. I was 11 years old and we had just came back from camping in the mountains. As per Mom and Dad's rules we kids were all to head immediately to the tub and check ourselves for ticks. I had just gotten completely undressed when I spotted the little critter on my upper thigh where my pantie line was. I screamed to the top of my lungs and Dad rushed in thinking I was dying. So....he used a match. He lit the match the blew it out and put the hot tip of the sulfer on the ticks butt. The tick scurried out of his buried spot and my dad grabbed him and killed the critter.

It was horrifying experience and to this day I hate them little critters! Hubby came home last night after hunting (it's spring turkey season here in KS) and asked me to check his back for any. Of course I didn't find any but just the thought of a tick on my hubby was enough to raise the hair on my neck.

If there is a phobia for the fear of ticks I Have it!!!! LOL


What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P

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   Posted 4/9/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in the heart of tick country, so I deal with this issue all the time. I have had Lyme disease multiple times myself, and one of my dogs suffers from severe chronic Lyme. Unfortunately, it is pretty common, that when you pull a tick off, the head remains behind. This is probably what you are seeing. There is almost no way to get it out. Occasionally tweezers will work, but usually you are out of luck. I don't know that your husband needs to go see a doctor right away, unless he has a large red "target" around the wound. This is a classic sign of Lyme disease, however, you CAN have Lyme disease & not have a target. Out of the 3+ times that I have had active Lyme, I have had a "target" maybe once. Your husband should be aware of his health, though. If he starts to develop any flu like symptoms or becomes really achy in the next few days or weeks, he should definitely see a doctor about possible Lyme. The tick does need to be embedded in you for so many days before it can actually give you Lyme disease. I think the incubation time for transfer of the bacteria is something like 2 or 3 days, but I'm sure you can find that info online. If it was on for less the 24 hrs, you almost certainly don't have to worry. Even though I don't think that itis necessarily prudent for him to get checked out asap, it wouldn't be a bad idea. I hope he hasn't gotten Lyme. It's nasty.


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   Posted 4/9/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all very much, the nurse he works with at the prison looked at it and said that it was already scabbing over and even under magnification, she couldn't see anything, but I am 100% sure that there is a little piece of the bugger still in there. I am going to watch him closely and if he has any symptoms at all, I will make him go to the doctor.

Thanks again,


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   Posted 4/10/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
for the future or anyone else interested...I found these:
They show you how to remove and what to do after.
thank you for bringing this up...me likey these little tangents...it's how my mind works...never very linear...
"The earth laughs in flowers"

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