I'm just in what I hope is the final stages of recovery now from a disease that really knocked me for six. Now I'm fighting my way back to health. So I'm posting this up to warn you to watch out for the symptoms.
We all know what a adult tick looks like but even the small pinhead sized ones can spread disease. One of these found its way under my watch strap, had its fill and left.
I noticed the itchy lump and initially thought it a mosquito bite and sterilised it with alcohol gel.
I put the aching joints and tiredness down to overwork, getting everything out of the way before I went on holiday to Turkey.
It was in turkey whilst applying sun cream that I noticed the rash on the underside of my arm, spreading away from the bite site.
I was lucky, the doctor who saw me called an ambulance straight away, I was in hospital in double quick time, seen by a specialist and getting intravenous antibiotic in almost no time at all. 2 Weeks of Doxycline followed and a function level of 60%.
Its no joke so be careful out there!
I've took plenty off cats. Get hold of them with tweezers or something and unscrew them anticlockwise. Come out clean as a whistle. Someone else has to hold the cat though.
I spent some time in a clinic in Germany a year ago and there were several people there from various parts of the world with lymes disease which had completely devaststed their lives. To the point that they were spending vast sums of money (tens of thousands of euros) trying to find a cure. From what I've seen over there Lymes isn't just unpleasant it can destroy your life.
Having spent a lot of time in third world countries birdwatching I am very aware of the potential hazards of allowing ticks to get on your body. For example wearing shorts in long grass, especially where there might have been livestock, is a big no no. Even though I've been paranoid about this over the years I still got one (in the bloody groin of all places!) in Sri Lanka.
For removal you can get special tweezers. Don't try with standard tweezers they won't work. Unless they have incredibly long thin ends they will just squeeze the tick and that's the last place you want to be. Long thin tweezers can be used to get between the ticks shoulders and head and then it can be gently twisted out. Even better is a device (and I keep several of these in the house) that you slide into the same place and then twist it round and round until the tick comes loose.
Check out this website for more http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/
do you all wear good work trousers and gloves. i try and wear long sleeves in jungle areas too. ?
thanks for the warning.
Just a little advice on this matter, I have been a professional Gamekeeper & stalker for over twenty three years prior to staring this new venture two years ago, if you do discover a Tick never pull them away as they can vomit there stomach contents back into the host, this will greatly increase the risk of any disease transmission. Further to this you can leave the head in place which can cause other complications other than just Lymes Disease.
You can use a barrier cream to help with prevention but one of the best is Avon moisturising cream?, it will also help with midges & other biting insects.
Any dog walkers should take care and look for ticks after a walk, especially in long grass and bracken. You can buy a little device to help remove ticks from pets, its cheap & simple to use. It act like a little leaver to remove the whole tick in one.
Hope this helps,
Good advice John.
One way to remove them (as advised by my partner) is to put a drop or 2 of tea tree oil on them. Tea tree oil is also great as an anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and basically kills ticks/flees etc., on humans and animals. The highest quality oil is best (some cheaper versions are diluted beyond use) but good quality tea tree lotion may be beneficial as well.
I have been using tea tree oil on insect bites cuts and as a general hand cleaner for years, it is very effective. And tea tree oil is reported to be extremely effective at killing MRSA.