LymeNet Home LymeNet Home Page LymeNet Flash Discussion LymeNet Support Group Database LymeNet Literature Library LymeNet Legal Resources LymeNet Medical & Scientific Abstract Database LymeNet Newsletter Home Page LymeNet Recommended Books LymeNet Tick Pictures Search The LymeNet Site LymeNet Links LymeNet Frequently Asked Questions About The Lyme Disease Network LymeNet Menu

LymeNet on Facebook

LymeNet on Twitter



Tax deductible

The Lyme Disease Network receives a commission from Amazon.com for each purchase originating from this site.

When purchasing from Amazon.com, please
click here first.

Thank you.

LymeNet Flash Discussion
Dedicated to the Bachmann Family

LymeNet needs your help:
LymeNet fund drive


The Lyme Disease Network is a non-profit organization funded by individual donations.
In the United States, your donations are tax deductible.

LymeNet Flash Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply
my profile | directory login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» LymeNet Flash » Questions and Discussion » Medical Questions » What is the best way to remove a tick?

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: What is the best way to remove a tick?
BuffyFan
LymeNet Contributor
Member # 34679

Icon 1 posted      Profile for BuffyFan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sorry the search isn't working for me. Anyway, I was wondering what the best way to remove a tick is because several people on facebook are posting the best way is to soak a cottonball with dishsoap and hold it on the tick and the tick will come right out! [confused]
Posts: 287 | From somewhere | Registered: Oct 2011  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
hiker53
Frequent Contributor (5K+ posts)
Member # 6046

Icon 1 posted      Profile for hiker53     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The best way is with special tick tweezers, but if you take regular tweezers and make sure you grasp head to pull it out.

I don't know about the dish soap. An angry tick will just keep injecting its germs.

Hiker53

--------------------
Hiker53

"God is light. In Him there is no
darkness." 1John 1:5

Posts: 5828 | From Illinois | Registered: Aug 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lymetoo
Moderator
Member # 743

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Lymetoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I wish someone would get RID of that awful information on the soap.

The basic rule of thumb is to NEVER put ANYTHING on a tick to make it back out.

I think the information here is pretty accurate. I did not review it carefully.

http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/tick_removal

If you will go to some of the FB groups they are posting proper tick removal memes right now since it's Lyme disease awareness month.

Be sure to 'share' one of those for your Facebook friends! They need to know!

--------------------
--Lymetutu--
Opinions, not medical advice!

Posts: 93949 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Sammi
Frequent Contributor (1K+ posts)
Member # 110

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Sammi     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A tick should only be removed with fine-point tweezers by grasping the mouth-parts as close to the skin as possible and pulling it straight out. You don't want to twist it during removal, and you do not want to squeeze the body of the tick.

Using soap, Vaseline, motor oil, burning it with a match or any other improper removal method can aggravate the tick causing its contents to be regurgitated into the bloodstream. This can increase the risk of infection.

The tick should be saved in a Ziploc bag and the date it was removed should be documented. The tick can also be tested for disease although this is not 100% accurate.

[ 05-25-2014, 09:45 PM: Message edited by: Sammi ]

Posts: 4675 | Registered: Oct 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
dbpei
Frequent Contributor (1K+ posts)
Member # 33574

Icon 1 posted      Profile for dbpei     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Search for 'ticked off tick remover' sold at Amazon and other places. It is so much easier and more efficient than using tweezers. This is what we used on our cats when they were outdoor cats.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tick%20remover&sprefix=tick+remover%2Caps%2C181&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atick%20remover

Posts: 2283 | From New England | Registered: Aug 2011  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lymetoo
Moderator
Member # 743

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Lymetoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I wondered if those were "safe" or easy to use. It seems kind of strange to me for some reason.

--------------------
--Lymetutu--
Opinions, not medical advice!

Posts: 93949 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TF
Frequent Contributor (5K+ posts)
Member # 14183

Icon 1 posted      Profile for TF     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have been using the Pro Tick tick remover (it is in dbpei's link) for about 10 years.

It is very effective, even with the tiniest ticks.

But, you have to be patient. You position the tick remover under the tick and slide the metal up until the tick is at the end of the slot.

Now, the tick remover is pulling on the tick. It doesn't like this feeling. You just hold steady and eventually the tick pulls out its mouthparts from your body. Then, you throw it away.

With this tool, I have removed many ticks of different sizes. It takes about 1 minute if the tick is really in. It takes a few seconds if the tick is just beginning to get inside of you.

I strongly recommend this tool. It is less than $5. I carry one in my purse and keep one in the kitchen. So, we always have one available.

I have had friends call me to bring the tool so they can take off an attached tick.

I found a tick attached to my abdomen 2 weeks after completing my lyme treatment. It was bedtime. It freaked me out.

I had my husband just pull it out with regular tweezers. The mouthparts remained in my abdomen. You could see them.

This is what will happen if the tick is really in you and you use regular tweezers.

Since the mouthparts are barbed, no matter how much I dug with a needle, I could not remove them. It is NOT like trying to remove a splinter.

It wasn't easy to find a doctor who would cut them out. Finally, my gyn did it. It is like a minor surgery.

They have to numb the area. Then, he tried pulling them out with his tweezers, but they would NOT come out. He was shocked. So, he had to use a tool like an ice cream scoop and just scoop out all of the flesh to include the mouthparts.

Then, he had to cauterize the area. It looked like I got burned with a cigarette once it was over.

So, take it from me. Remain calm, use a tick removal tool, and get the entire thing out. It will save you a major ordeal.

Buy a few. They are cheap. Always have one handy.

It comes with a plastic magnifying glass so you can see what you are doing. Plus, pictures of the various types of ticks, both nymph, male, female, etc. So, you can identify the type of tick.

If you live in a tick infested area, you need a tick removal tool. Either this one or another one designed to remove ticks. This way, the contents of the tick's stomach is not squeezed into your body (like with tweezers or your hand pulling on it), none of the tick will remain in your body, and the tick will not die from the procedure, thus being unable to remove its mouthparts from your body.

You can keep the tick and send it for testing if desired.

Posts: 9931 | From Maryland | Registered: Dec 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Sammi
Frequent Contributor (1K+ posts)
Member # 110

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Sammi     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TF:
This is what will happen if the tick is really in you and you use regular tweezers.

This way, the contents of the tick's stomach is not squeezed into your body (like with tweezers or your hand pulling on it), none of the tick will remain in your body, and the tick will not die from the procedure, thus being unable to remove its mouthparts from your body.

TF, I must respectfully disagree with these two points. Yes it is possible mouthparts might remain in the skin when tweezers are used, but with proper technique and patience the entire tick can be removed with tweezers. This is the only way I have removed them, and I get the entire (live) tick.

If the body of the tick is squeezed with tweezers, fingers, or anything, its contents can be regurgitated into the bloodstream. If the tick is removed by grasping its mouthparts with tweezers, its body is not being squeezed.

Posts: 4675 | Registered: Oct 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TF
Frequent Contributor (5K+ posts)
Member # 14183

Icon 1 posted      Profile for TF     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sammi,

Notice that I said REGULAR tweezers. If you can get out the entire tick with regular tweezers (NOT the pointy tweezers), then tell us your technique.

Posts: 9931 | From Maryland | Registered: Dec 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lymetoo
Moderator
Member # 743

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Lymetoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TF said that is what happens if you use regular tweezers. I took that to mean the kind most people have in their homes for eyebrow care, not the kind for removing ticks.

Thanks for all the info, everyone!

--------------------
--Lymetutu--
Opinions, not medical advice!

Posts: 93949 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Sammi
Frequent Contributor (1K+ posts)
Member # 110

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Sammi     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I failed to post "fine-point" tweezers which are the best. I will edit the post. I have used regular tweezers before when that was all that was avaialble. I was able to remove the entire tick.

Both Dr. Burrascano and ILADS recommend tweezers to remove ticks:

http://www.ilads.org/lyme/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf

HOW TO REMOVE AN ATTACHED TICK
Using a tweezer (not fingers!), grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out. Then apply an antiseptic.


http://www.ilads.org/lyme/what-to-do-if-bit-by-tick.php

Removing A Tick
The tick should be removed with a fine pointed tweezers, grasping it from the side where it meets the skin, and gently pulling in the opposite direction from which it embedded.

Posts: 4675 | Registered: Oct 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
BuffyFan
LymeNet Contributor
Member # 34679

Icon 1 posted      Profile for BuffyFan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks everyone!
Posts: 287 | From somewhere | Registered: Oct 2011  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Alisandne
LymeNet Contributor
Member # 27304

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Alisandne     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've had many tick bites and have removed them with varying degrees of success. A couple of weeks ago I was bitten by the smallest tick I'd ever seen, which turned out to be a deer tick larva. (Last year I was bitten by a nymph, but this was even tinier.)

I couldn't imagine how I was going to get it out in one piece--or even multiple pieces! Then I remembered the Tick Twister I'd bought last year on eBay or Amazon. The package contains two sizes. I used the smaller one, and got the tick out, intact, on my first try. I was impressed.

Posts: 114 | From Pennsylvania | Registered: Jul 2010  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code is enabled.

Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | LymeNet home page | Privacy Statement

© 1993-2019 The Lyme Disease Network of New Jersey, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Use of the LymeNet Site is subject to the Terms and Conditions.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3


Home | Flash Discussion | Support Groups | On-Line Library
Legal Resources | Medical Abstracts | Newsletter | Books
Pictures | Site Search | Links | Help/Questions
About LymeNet | Webmaster