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  • The important thing regarding Lyme disease is to remove them properly. In fact I've read that you're better off letting them do their thing and fall off naturally than trying to remove them with say, a knife, but take that with a pinch of salt and check for yourself. Removing them by burning, with fingernails or tweezers, with a needle, and any of the other home remedies will cause them to regurgitate the blood they have consumed back into your blood. In some cases you end up removing the body and leaving the head in you as well (brutal). Removing them incorrectly is how you get Lyme disease. To remove them properly you need either the tick tweezers which have a little crescent shape on the end or a Tick Card which is a little credit card sized thing and what I have. Follow the instructions (obviously) and the tick won't regurgitate as it's removed. (Edit: there is still a risk of infection from any tick bite regardless of how it's removed.)

    Long trousers obviously help keep them off. And don't go around collecting big piles of dry grass with your bare hands - I got loads doing that.

    Lastly the target shape rash is not always present when you have Lyme disease. You could have a "regular" rash or no rash at all. Be aware of the other symptoms and if you've got a bunch of them go to a doctor (well, go anyway because you're obviously ill, but tell them you might have Lyme disease).

    You're in Scotland as well right? I didn't realise the little bastards were out already. I was hoping all the midges and ticks had been killed off in the snow this year - no such luck I guess.

    Anyway apologies if you know all this - just an info dump for anyone else who reads the thread.

    Edit: says the following:

    If no tools are available, rather than delay use a fine thread, something like cotton or dental floss. Tie a single loop of thread around the tick’s mouthparts, as close to the skin as possible, then pull upwards and outwards without twisting.

    So ignore what I said about leaving them on.

  • Anyway apologies if you know all this...

    No need to apologise, like I say, I’m a tick newb so good to have the info.

    The one in the picture I posted was the 1st one I found and I didn’t even realise it was x tick at first. Thought it was just either a scab or a skin tag or something and was assent modestly picking at it when it came off...and started crawling around on my finger!

    After that I examined myself and found another that (forgetting all sensible advice) I pulled out with tweezers. It came out pretty easily and wasn’t crawling about like the first one, in fact it seemed either dead or asleep.


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