May is LYME DISEASE AWARENESS month!
I have seen many posts on the Internet about how bad the ticks are this year, on both dogs and people. NOW, is when the baby nymph deer ticks are out in full-force. It is IMPERATIVE to remove a tick properly, without upsetting it or making it back out by using heat, chemicals, or any other irritation.
When a tick gets irritated enough to back out on its own, ***IT REGURGITATES ITS STOMACH CONTENTS INTO YOUR BODY***. This includes Lyme disease or any other pathogen it may be carrying (and they are many- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and other potentially debilitating and maybe even fatal Lyme co-infections)!!!
So, invest a few dollars in a pair of needle-nosed tweezers so you can gently but firmly pull the tick out slowly and without upsetting it. If you get it off the RIGHT WAY, not long after it attaches, you greatly reduce the chances of getting infected. If you get it off the WRONG WAY, by irritating it and making it back out, you have greatly increased your chance of infection (or your dog’s, your child’s, etc…)!!!
PLEASE spread this important info because so much suffering and pain could be avoided by all of us learning and teaching how to safely and properly remove an attached tick. Getting the tick off in the first 24 hrs of attachment or less is best.
If the mouthparts get torn off while you are pulling it out with needle-nosed tweezers, NO WORRIES- they aren’t the part that makes you sick, and you can get them out much like removing a splinter, or your body will push them out in a few days. It’s what is in the TICK’S STOMACH that you need to worry about.
Pass this info on to anybody you care about- it can save their health, and maybe even their life! Thank you, so much. The best way to fight Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses is to PREVENT them in the first place. For you, your pets and family. It is a good idea to keep the tick in a sealed jar, in case it needs to be tested at a later date.