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One Nasty Tick Story

December 8, 2011 - Larry Claypool
All of this talk, and research on my part, about ticks led to a funny, but serious, story from one of our contributors to Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine. Here’s outdoor writer Harvey Bauer’s story. It does include a great tip on how to remove ticks safely. “I can hardly wait to hear the hump busting this will get me but, I don't mind a little embarrassment to help out my fellow hunters. Yesterday morning (Dec. 5, 2011), when I woke up, I felt something pinching me in the left nipple area of my chest. A tick was embedded next to the nipple, where there was no way to get to it so off to the ER I went. Bottom line, I learned the proper way to remove the nasty little critter. According to the doctor, never use a cigarette or match or vaseline to get a tick out. That will cause the tick to throw up, thus putting out enzymes that could put poison into the spot. “Get a little liquid soap, hand soap, Dawn or whatever you have, dip a Q-tip into the soap then press down gently, rub the Q-tip in a circular counter clockwise circle, not on the tick but around it until it backs out. Believe me it will...within seconds it was out of me. I would have never believed it if I had not seen it myself.” Bauer, who lives in Jefferson County, PA, added that the hospital also tested his blood, and checked for Lyme disease. He says the removal method also works on pets.


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Blacklegged tick (formerly known as deer tick) male (top) and female tick. Photo by Dr. Glen Needham