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Old 12-12-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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So how did the tick get on ya initially? Were you out in the woods? Seems odd it would make it to your "nuts" ha. Although if you were wearing shorts or repelling/climbing in the woods guess I could see that happening, or even just sitting down in the woods. Eek, either way, not a fun spot to find one!
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Invest in some tweezers and make sure you get the head off.
Let's keep it PG-13, alright?
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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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
Innuendo much?

If I try to read that in a clinical fashion, you're exactly right though.

If you burn a tick or squeeze its body while removing it the tendency is for the tick to purge its stomach contents back into your body. It actually increases the risk of tick-borne infections.

Tweezers all the way.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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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).
The thinking on that isn't quite as rock solid as it used to be. Supposedly Lyme has been isolated in lone star ticks and, to a lesser degree, American dog ticks - but I definitely agree that if you aren't in the greater New England-ish area your risk is extremely low and it probably doesn't pay to be terrified of tick bites.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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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.

Got so bad news for you. The head is still in you and as the other poster said can cause some real nasty stuff to happen to you.

busta
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Thank you for your concern, but it was light grey, with a light green tint to it or something... I'm hoping it was just a tick, looked like the same kinds I saw on Google.
Was it embedded in your skin???

If it was, I would highly recommend treatment from a doctor. I think if it was a tick, you are supposed to have a round of antibiotics just in case it carried Lyme Disease.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Was it embedded in your skin???

If it was, I would highly recommend treatment from a doctor. I think if it was a tick, you are supposed to have a round of antibiotics just in case it carried Lyme Disease.
Maybe that would be warranted in a high-risk Lyme area, but for the most part you can pick 100 ticks off of your body just with your fingernails after a long day of rolling in high grass and not worry about a thing other than poison ivy.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:04 PM
 
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I started feeling paranoid last night, felt like I was coming down with the flu, but I just needed to eat some food and quit smoking cigarettes when its really cold outside. Have no rash or itchiness, no circles around the wound either, also just finished up a 400 mile round trip road trip so I think I'm good.

Thank you everyone for your concerns, I promise if I get sick within the next week or two I'll go see a doctor.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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<snip> took a lighter and boiled its ass until it disintegrated, turned all mushy after I took the hot piece of metal of a lighter and held it onto the tick 3 times, then I scraped it away. <snip>
Okay, this sounds like something from a Jackass episode. You are a braver man that I, my friend.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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So how did the tick get on ya initially? Were you out in the woods? Seems odd it would make it to your "nuts" ha. Although if you were wearing shorts or repelling/climbing in the woods guess I could see that happening, or even just sitting down in the woods. Eek, either way, not a fun spot to find one!
No idea, guess I just sat on something outside and it crawled up there, or it came in the house on my cat or dog.

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Okay, this sounds like something from a Jackass episode. You are a braver man that I, my friend.
I'm not that brave, if you found one down there you would've done the same man.
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