Freaking out- found a tick crawling on me...

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JSlag
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   Posted 1/27/2016 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I'm completely freaking out. I don't think I've ever even seen a tick before, and definitely don't remember being bit in my life, and I just found a super small tick crawling down my arm while I was sitting on the couch. I wasn't sure it was one at the time, but it was weird enough looking that I saved it. My husband and I just looked at it under our microscope, and we're 95% sure it is one.

So, apparently ticks are living in my house??? I don't even know where to begin as far as dealing with this.
Jul '15 Ignex/CDC Positive
Sick since at least 2011- no tic bite or rash
MTHFR- Homozygous A1298c

Aug '15 Doxy only a week (couldn't handle it)
Oct '15 Alina 4 wks
Dec '15 Biltricide, Ivermectin
Jan '16 Alina, LDN, tons of other supplements

Georgia Hunter
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   Posted 1/27/2016 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
A crawling tick has not fed so don't be overly concerned. Ticks release after feeding and will fall off.

It could have come in on a pet or your pants leg. I live deep in the woods and I've pulled no fewer than a dozen off of me since September. You will be fine, just be more cognizant that they are outside.

mpost
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   Posted 1/27/2016 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
A super mall tick - that's a nymph. they are the most dangerous because they are so small u can barely see them, yet of course they are contagious.

Yours was not engorged and the ones that have taken their meal are usually larger (full of blood), so there's no reason to panic. But i would buy and use tick repellent if i were you, take showers regularly after coming in from outside and if you have the pet have him checked.

CD3764
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   Posted 1/27/2016 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Georgia Hunter.

However, I add the fact that the nymph deer tick I found inside the tiny pimple on my abdomen was NOT engorged yet surely gave me a bunch of infections.

Buhner writes that the ticks most likely to bite us have usually already fed on another mammal before biting us and they won't always be engorged after feeding on us.

They do fall off after feeding so, yes, I think you're fine.

I would not assume that an attached tick did not cause infection because it's not engorged.
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Jul '14 started what proved to be inadequate treatment ala PCP day after nymph deer tick bite
Sept '14 met LLMD - clinically dx'd with Lyme due to Bells Palsy - confirmed via CDC positive WB
Feb '15 transitioned off abx and started full Cowden protocol along w/LDN
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gfields
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   Posted 1/27/2016 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
You can spray around your house if you're concerned. Just make sure to wear light clothing when you spray in case you happen to gather some up on yourself.

You can also get pillow stuffing, spray with pirmuthuin (spelling?) and put it outside. The squirels and birds will use it in their nest, and this will kill the ticks on them.

If you ever get bit by a tick, make sure you SAVE IT! You can submit it to a tick testing center. I've done this before and found out that my tick had anaplasma. If you end up getting sick later, you'll be ahead of the game and know what you have. Also, doctors can be a pain in the a**, so if you have proof that you got bit by a tick infected with X,y, or z, the doc will put you on antibiotics right away. If you don't have the proof, you might get the "you look fine to me" answer. ;)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst has tick testing service btw. Or you might have one around your area.

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   Posted 1/27/2016 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, it's not pillow stuffing, but cotton balls or toilet paper that you want to use as they will go for the natural products to shred them for their nests - which is exactly what we are trying to encourage them to do. The synthetic stuff in pillow stuffing these days won't be attractive to them.

The other thing to remember is that you are in treatment (right?), while you may pick up another strain, you should continue to heal as the infections are being addressed.

I completely agree that just because it's not engorged, you can't assume that it didn't attach and feed at all. It could have been brushed off.

And ticks live outside, they are only inside when they hitch a ride on our pant leg or on a pet and get brought inside. Keep an eye out for them always, but no need to panic.
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JSlag
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   Posted 1/27/2016 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone. It was a rough night of sleep. I just never even thought about them actually living in our yard where my kids play everyday. We'll definitely try some of the suggestions.

I don't even know what a nymph tick would look like when it's feeding on a human or animal. Would it just be a small, black/brown bump? And does it leave any type of mark where you can tell you've been bit? I want to know what to look for when checking my kids and dog.
Jul '15 Ignex/CDC Positive
Sick since at least 2011- no tic bite or rash
MTHFR- Homozygous A1298c

Aug '15 Doxy only a week (couldn't handle it)
Oct '15 Alina 4 wks
Dec '15 Biltricide, Ivermectin
Jan '16 Alina, LDN, tons of other supplements

Traveler
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   Posted 1/27/2016 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, when there is a nymphal tick (the smallest of them) there will be a very small raised up area and a small red spot. It may not hardly be visible though. If the tick is still there you should be able to see a small black/brown spot in the center of the red, but not always as the inflammation could cause the skin to kind of "fold over" on the tick. Think of a flea bite for size comparison.

I run my hands over every bit of my dogs & my cat at least once every single day. I have two short haired dogs and one long haired dog, plus a long haired cat that I watch for ticks and fleas on. They think this practice is just me loving on them, but it's really tick checks!!

Always, always keep an eye on any bump or red mark. I've woke up and found a perfect bulls eye rash on the belly of one of my dogs! I never found the tick, so it could have been a mosquito or a flea even.

Humans are a lot easier to check! LOL! Other than the head, we aren't covered with hair like that! I still watch for any unexplainable bumps or red marks on me and hubby, and when we have spent time outside, I insist on full body tick checks for both of us.

I have found that Ortho's Bug-B-Gone (I prefer to use the granules) for treating my yard where everyone spends the most time is very good for keeping the tick numbers (and other biting bugs that can pass these infections) down to a level where I rarely have a tick attach - and I live in the middle of the woods.
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New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15
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gkamom
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   Posted 1/27/2016 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
It's natural to freak out. One day while I was talking to my husband, my dog scratched and itch and I saw something fly through the air. It was a tick and I flipped out.

I ended up having a long conversation with my vet. If you have pets and are concerned about them bringing things into the house there are things you can use. Bravecto is a flea/ticket med they take every 3 months and there is a tick repellent collar called Scalibor that lasts 6 months. If you want to use natural remedies, there is information available I just don't remember exactly what. If you post a question, someone will pass on the information. There is also a herbal combo that people can take, but it it for after treatment.

Don't worry we all flip out at times and we get where you are coming from. Feel free to flip out here its I safe place. I have done it frequently in the past.

Thanks all,Kim

JSlag
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   Posted 1/27/2016 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I need to start doing daily tick checks. We have a small, long-haired dog that we use Advantix on monthly, although this month I was 2 weeks late. We've never treated our yard with anything.

So, in the future, if I ever found a tick embedded in anyone or our dog, I would want to remove it and save it. Are nymph ticks hard to remove since they're so tiny? I'm really surprised I even saw the one on me that I did. It was super small, and the reason I looked was just because I felt something crawling on my arm. When I saw it my initial reaction was flicking it off me. Right after I did that, I thought "that looked like a bug I've never seen" and actually found it next to me in the direction I flicked it off of. I saved it so my husband could double check- I think he's more unbiased than me, because I was in a state of panic. :)
Jul '15 Ignex/CDC Positive
Sick since at least 2011- no tick bite or rash
MTHFR- Homozygous A1298c

Aug '15 Doxy only a week (couldn't handle it)
Oct '15 Alina 4 wks
Dec '15 Biltricide, Ivermectin
Jan '16 Cowden started, LDN, tons of other supplements

PeteZa
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   Posted 1/27/2016 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Most people that know me, know about lyme now. The fire department maintenance man said he was petting his cat on his bed and then found 2 ticks on his chest. He said that his animals now go outside and upon coming in the house they are given tick screenings. They use white cotton gloves and gently pet the animals. They come up with a bunch of ticks very visible on those white gloves.

Jokingly he said that after the rainy season they are going to bomb their entire yard. lol I have no idea what he is really going to do but I think those ticks and my disease really scared them.

I hope to be a huge blabber mouth and inform as many as I can.
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