If you are looking for ways to
Prevent being bitten by ticks (again)...
Please see the "Prevention" site by clicking HERE.
If you are searching for the proper way to remove a tick...
And it does matter!
To help prevent tick exposure, pre-treated clothing and gear with Permanone (unscented) a few days before the season opens. Using Permanone on clothing is an excellent way to help protect against chiggers too.
Due to the high risk of acquiring one
Or more tick borne diseases...
When a tick bites you,
GET IT RIGHT, TREAT THE BITE!
A special note to hunters- Check yourselves, your clothing, and your dogs before going home. If you are lucky enough to bag a deer or other wildlife, wrap the animal in a pre-treated sheet as soon as possible, or properly hang the deer over an old sheet that has been liberally treated with Permanone before hand.
As the deer cools, ticks will drop off. As ticks land on the treated material and try to escape they will die instead of taking up residence in your yard. This will help to prevent exposure to your family, your pets and other families in the neighborhood.
Deer meat should be cooked thoroughly before eating. When butchering or handling raw meat, disposable gloves should be worn. [Ok tough guy, at least wash your hands really well with soap and HOT water.]
Procedure to properly remove a tick
With a pair of fine point tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull outward with a slow, even force, pulling in the opposite direction to how the tick entered the skin.
DO NOT JERK OR TWIST THE TICK. This might tear the head and mouth parts from the tick's body and will encourage the ticks fluid to enter your blood stream or skin.
DO NOT USE THE FINGERS TO REMOVE THE TICK. Squeezing the tick could cause it to disgorge the contents of its body into the wound. You can contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever simply by handling ticks and having their excretions absorb through your skin.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE TICK WITH CHEMICALS (such as nail polish remover, kerosene, oils, etc) OR BY HEATING THE TICKS WITH A MATCH. This can kill the tick before it disengages its mouthparts. It can also cause the tick to regurgitate gunk into the wound, increasing the likelihood of transmitting diseases.
WASH THE ATTACHMENT SITE with warm soapy water and rubbing alcohol.
If you want the tick tested there are many options.
Eating Wild Game
The Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) says- "You will not get Lyme disease from eating venison or squirrel meat..." Well, we don't believe them because just about everything they've told us about Lyme disease over the past three decades has been incorrect and there are no studies anywhere indicating this statement is true.
Example- the CDC stated Lyme can not be sexually transmitted and still claims this to be true. See- "Another Good Reason To Keep Your Pants On".
Additionally, Lyme disease spirochetes were detected in the Ice Man after 3,500 years, have recently been found in ticks along the Arctic Circle. Ticks can also stay alive in stored blood from donors.
Example- The American Red Cross reported spirochetes survived when temperatures ranged from zero to 75 F degrees, with some spirochetes surviving for at least 45 days in adverse conditions.
Hunters have an increased risk of acquiring infections linked to multiple pathogens. The abstract below describes a study in Germany. Note the number of tick borne and other infections found in the hunter's blood. This could be (and in some cases is) happening here too, but no one is seriously looking for answers.
Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2003;115 Suppl 3:61-7.
[Sero-epidemiological studies of zoonotic infections in hunters--comparative analysis with veterinarians, farmers, and abattoir workers].
J R Army Med Corps. 2017 Nov 18. pii: jramc-2017-000848. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2017-000848. [Epub ahead of print]
Meningoencephalitis in a Royal Marine after skinning reindeer in Norway.
Meningoencephalitis presenting in service personnel overseas may present a diagnostic challenge due to the broad range of potential differential diagnosis as well as the requirement for rapid assessment and treatment.
A 25-year-old Royal Marine was evacuated to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham, UK, with a history of rash consistent with erythema chronicum migrans, a seizure, and lymphocytic pleocytosis after skinning reindeer in Norway.
Neuroborreliosis was suspected and empirical antibiotics were administered.
Despite subsequent negative serology for Borrelia burgdorferi, given the clinical features and lymphocytic pleocytosis, an atypical presentation of neuroborreliosis remains a possible diagnosis in this scenario.
This case serves to illustrate that British military personnel on exercise are potentially at risk of contracting borreliosis both in the UK and abroad, serological tests can be unreliable, and the differential diagnosis of meningoencephalitis can be broad with specialist input often required.
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