Tick bites can cause diseases like Lyme disease or Powassan Disease in 15 minutes to 24 hours, leading to permanent disability. The most important thing in case of the tick bite is to remove them as quickly as possible.
In the video below you can see how to remove a tick:
However, it can work, but the experts claim that peppermint oil can help to remove a tick quickly, as it “burns” the tick, which can be dangerous. In this case, time is precious, as viruses and bacteria can quickly be transmitted.
There are, also numerous other folk remedies, which are very effective in the elimination of the ticks, such as attacking them with heat, painting them with nail polish, or covering them in petroleum jelly.
How a real and serious health threat is a tick bite, showed the case of Tamela Wilson, who worked at Meramec State Park for ten years. She experienced removing ticks with ease numerous times before, but this time she fell very ill about two days later. She was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, but the medicine prescribed failed to treat her.
Unfortunately, her condition got worse, even after making a couple of skin biopsies and tick-related blood tests. All those attempts turned out negative and she developed a condition that makes the body develop too many immune cells called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, which led to a red rash. She could not talk, eat, nor drink.
The tests of the blood showed that she got incurable Bourbon virus, which is spread through insect bites, including tick. This virus can lead to rashes, nausea, fever, tiredness, headaches, low blood counts, body aches, and vomiting. Unluckily, three weeks later Tamela lost her battle with this condition, which is just another example that should teach us that we should not experiment in cases of serious health threats, like ticks.
Look, also at the next useful tips that are very effective in preventing tick bites altogether:
– Avoid humid, moist, and damp environments,
– Use insect repellents
– Use tick repellents on your clothes and outdoor gear
– Check your clothes for ticks before you come inside
– Wash the clothes in hot water to kill any remaining ticks
– After entering the house, shower soon to wash off any unattached ticks and check the entire body
If you notice a tick attached to your skin, you should do the next steps:
1) Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, keeping the head intact.
2) Pulling should be straight up, without jerking, twisting, or squeezing
3) Place the tick in a sealed plastic bag, wrap it in a tape, or flush down the toilet
4) Use rubbing alcohol, soap, and water, which can help you to wash the bite and the hands
5) If you develop a fever or rashes within the next few days you should visit your doctor
Checking regularly your pet for ticks is the best way of taking care of them. In case there is a tick, follow these instructions:
– Latex or rubber gloves
– Rubbing alcohol
– Antiseptic wipes (optional)
– Jar or container with lid
Here are the steps:
1) Put on the gloves on your hands
2) Your pet should be calm, and someone can help you hold it and keep it relaxed
3) With the tweezers grab hold of the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible, making sure that you do not pinch the skin
4) Pulling the tick out in a straight motion, apply steady pressure,
5) After the removing, check are its head and mouth removed, so if not, take the pet to the veterinarian.
6) Place the tick in a container with rubbing alcohol,
7) Make sure you disinfect the bite using antiseptic wipes or spray. In the case of the redness of the bitten, you should visit your veterinarian
8) Keeping a close eye on your pet over the next few weeks is very important as if there are some strange symptoms that might be caused by an infection or a disease. There are specific symptoms that can be noticed, including fatigue, reluctance to move, appetite loss, fever, or swollen lymph nodes, which should be shared with the veterinarian.