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Old 12-12-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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for future reference, tick removal is best done by grasping as close to the head as possible (using tweezers if possible), and pulling them straight out (trying to avoid squeezing the fat body).

methods such as burning, covering with vaseline or other substances can either end up injuring yourself, or increasing the likelihood of the tick transmitting infection (such as lyme).

for the next couple of weeks, watch out for rash or fever (the rash might not be at the site of the tick bite), and if they occur, get checked out by your doctor.

CDC - Tick Removal - Ticks
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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Invest in some tweezers and make sure you get the head off.
All thats left is a wound, it was a tiny tick, so I'm hoping it's head just boiled away. I cleaned the area really well with those wet wipes soaked in Antiseptic mouthwash but I'm not worried about anything else, all that matters is that theres no more tick chilling on my sack.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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for future reference, tick removal is best done by grasping as close to the head as possible (using tweezers if possible), and pulling them straight out (trying to avoid squeezing the fat body).

methods such as burning, covering with vaseline or other substances can either end up injuring yourself, or increasing the likelihood of the tick transmitting infection (such as lyme).

for the next couple of weeks, watch out for rash or fever (the rash might not be at the site of the tick bite), and if they occur, get checked out by your doctor.

CDC - Tick Removal - Ticks
It was way too small to grab with tweezers, it would've been more painful to try to squeeze it and pinch my skin then it was just to burn it lol. I haven't gotten the flu or had a fever in years, so if I get sick, I'll know to seek medical attention immediately.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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My balls hurt thinking about that!
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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It is extremely rare for a person to get sick from a tick bite in the USA. If you lived in Missouri, which is tick heaven, you'd be finding them on you all the time if you ever go outdoors off the pavement. There are no diseases that are spread by ticks that you need to concern yourself with. The worst that can happen is that you'll have a little sore where the tick was, if the head gets imbedded under your skin, but that goes away by itself, too, just keep picking off the scab.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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It is extremely rare for a person to get sick from a tick bite in the USA. If you lived in Missouri, which is tick heaven, you'd be finding them on you all the time if you ever go outdoors off the pavement. There are no diseases that are spread by ticks that you need to concern yourself with. The worst that can happen is that you'll have a little sore where the tick was, if the head gets imbedded under your skin, but that goes away by itself, too, just keep picking off the scab.
Really ? NIH doesn't agree
Lyme disease - PubMed Health
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Really ? NIH doesn't agree
Lyme disease - PubMed Health
That's true, I had overlooked that. However, Lyme's requires exposure to a particular species of tick in an endemic area. Those ticks are not large enough to have been treated in the manner that was described by the OP. They are usually not detected by the patient, even when looked for.

Conspicuously visible ticks are harmless, in terms of communicable diseases (again, with rare localized exceptions).
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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its not just lyme disease that is of concern - there are a few tick borne diseases in the US: CDC - Tickborne Diseases of the U.S. - Ticks

while deer ticks, which are often the vector of lyme, are small, they are certainly not inconspicuous, and are actually fairly consistent with the size of tick described by the OP.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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I just had a deer tick removed off my back, I didn't even know it was there. She treated me with two days of antibiotics. She said to still watch out for a rash, also if you develop any flu type symptoms within the next few weeks, get tested for lyme's. I'm in Maine.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It is extremely rare for a person to get sick from a tick bite in the USA. If you lived in Missouri, which is tick heaven, you'd be finding them on you all the time if you ever go outdoors off the pavement. There are no diseases that are spread by ticks that you need to concern yourself with. The worst that can happen is that you'll have a little sore where the tick was, if the head gets imbedded under your skin, but that goes away by itself, too, just keep picking off the scab.
I had an 11 year old cousin die from tick fever, or some kind of tick-borne disease. He contracted it while on a visit to Oklahoma, but did not get sick until the family was back in California, where the local doctor's were unfamiliar with it.
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