Important points from the articles include:
How to remove a tick?
- Firstly remove the tick as soon as possible. The longer the tick is on you the more chance you have of infectious transmission.
- Use a specifically designed tick remover or fine-point tweezers.
- It is important to grasp the tick at its mouthparts, as close to the skin as possible (squeezing the body can cause the release of toxins).
- Pull the tick upwards with steady pressure (resistance is common).
- Do not squeeze the tick body as this can increase pathogen transmission.
- Do not try to kill the tick with methylated spirits, petroleum jelly, kerosene or other chemicals as they can make the tick release more toxins and pathogens.
- Wash the bite area thoroughly and hands thoroughly.
- If you notice any symptoms seek medical advice promptly. Contact the Karl McManus Foundation or Lyme Disease Association of Australia to ensure diagnosis and treatment is from a doctor who acknowledges Lyme’s Disease and has been trained on the complete protocol. Your Naturopath can provide advice on how to support your body during treatment. A complete list of expected symptoms can be found on the websites for the Karl McManus Foundation or Lyme Disease Association of Australia.
- Following all of the points above it is suggested to rub Lyclear (a scabies cream) onto the nymph to paralyse the nymph before removal.
- Essential oils such as Kunzea (or tick bush) are thought to paralysis the tick but there is no research evidence.
- Karl McManus Foundation has a Facebook page to keep you up-to-date with the latest news.