Ticks. Will I die?
The odds of Lymes are small. But as I know someone who got it from one bite (walking a dog near Edinburgh) and seeing how devastating it is, I’d not be taking too many chances. I count my previous piggyback buddies as a caution.
#Edit: Cut and paste from Wiki: Not trying to alarm or anything. If in doubt, get it checked, especially as its easily fixed if not ignored and diagnosed early.
Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans (EM). Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. In most cases, the infection and its symptoms are eliminated by antibiotics, especially if the illness is treated early. Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat.bigjimSubscriber
I wouldn’t say you need to do anything unless you have symptoms, certainly I’d be amazed if you are prescribed the antibios with no symptoms. Having spent many years crashing around the heather I’ve probably had over a hundred ticks, and not had suspected lyme’s until last summer. I had a pretty weird rash around the bite, though not quite the classic bullseye shape, bit squished and lopsided, was enough for a course of antibios to be safe.Posted 4 years agogordimhorMember
I had a tick bite a couple of years back. I didn’t get the whole thing out and developed a rash round the bite .I went to the doctor who gave me some magnesium sulphate cream sorted it out in a couple of days. Don’t think you need to worry just keep an eye out for the “bullseye” rash.Posted 4 years agoCloverSubscriber
I’ve had that rash after a tick bite but it wasn’t immediate. Took me a while to connect the two events – wasn’t completely circular but it kind of moved. Said bite was in Germany in a Lymes area. I went and asked for the relevant antibiotics and they were forthcoming (with my mother haranguing me from Germany so I wouldn’t take no for an answer).
The antibiotics make you light sensitive – I managed to spend the best two weeks of that summer wearing full length sleeves and sitting in the shade 🙁Posted 4 years agokerbdogSubscriber
A Swedish friend of mine who was in the army told me that as recruits they were issued with garlic powder to mix in their meals, he swore blind that it helped keep ticks away.Posted 4 years ago
I used to get attacked by the little buggers quite regularly until i started taking garlic on the mornings i was gonna be outdoors.. Seemed to work for me too.
As above, I use http://www.otom.com/how-to-remove-a-tick
Great bit of kit, simple but effective. Some folk seem happy to leave some fingernails a bit long and use them. I prefer the tick twister as I find the Ticks survive the extraction more reliably.
You don’t want to scratch off or damage the tick. I usually lob them into a small clear plastic cylinder.
Hateful little things. Now my legs are itchy.Posted 4 years agodashedMember
Mate had one right up his arse crack. Went for a number 2 and must have “burst” the blighter as the bowl was full of blood and he got a proper fright. His missus had the unpleasant task of removing said critter from the middle of the bullseye 😯
Pet shops and vets for those little green tick removers – fab things and come in a pack of two different sizes for different sized ticks.Posted 4 years agoklumpyMember
My second tick, I went to the docs so that the bite would be “on the record” in case I got ill (GPs being useless with lymes). They said the tick had broken the skin so I must go to ‘minor injuries’ down the road. “Pah” thunked I, and tried the local pet shop instead, but they were closed. The local Tinknels had no tick pullers, just lots of hardy hairy-knuckled and woefully outdated folklore recommending vaseline, fire, firearms, or sucking it off with a frogs arse.
And so in the end I actually went to the damn hospital. Their tick pullers had a picture of a dog on the wrapper.Posted 4 years ago
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