Need some help Tick Bite

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  1. sestoppelman

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    Well that doesnt sound like much fun!!:eek:
     
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    Unless they removed it correctly you still stand a good chance of getting TBF.
     
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    Yup, all they have to do is transmit the bacteria.

    So, those antibiotics you were RX'd should do the trick.
     
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    If you take the meds the symptoms will last about a week & if you don't they'll last about 7 days! LOL
     
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    Now that is funny :) The tick bite isn't funny, but the comment is.
    The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
     
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    ..I hope she was cute.. :gorgeous:
     
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    I would not not call the doctor cute, but he seemed to know his business.

    However, the nurse was young and :flashboobies: she also was very interested in the process, I suppose she is a city girl had never seen a tick before :laughing:
     
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    Some advice on Ticks from Africa...and I can presume elsewhere!
    You get tick fever from the head of the tick staying in your body. When they bite, they bury their heads in your skin. when you pull them or scratch them off most often the head stays in you. This then becomes septic causing tick bite fever.
    WHEN YOU FIND A TICK ON YOU...THINGS YOU CAN DO!
    1/ Use a nail clipper or a small scissors and just clip the tick in half. Leave it...the head will then withdraw over a coupla hours and you're good to go!
    2/ Use some liquid soap and smear it onto the tick/s...It'll come off very quickly. If you have pepper ticks, you can just cover yourself with the soap and then wait a coupla minutes....like 5 then shower.
    3/ if you don't have either of the two above, get some diesel on a rag and wipe yourself down where the ticks are, wait a minute or two then shower. It doesn't smell nice but it gets rid of the ticks.
     
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    I don't know where that advice came from but it is NOT CORRECT for African ticks and such actions are VERY likely to give you TBF.

    The correct way to remove a tick is;

    Grab tick firmly with tweezers under it's head where mouth parts are embedded

    Carefully push down to disengage the 'teeth' from your skin

    Pull tick away

    f it does not come off at once, rock it from side to side. It should definitely come off then.

    Apply a little antiseptic cream

    Lighted cigarettes, cutting them in two, cutting off their air supply and/or pulling them off of you etc causes them to vomit their bacteria-ridden gut contents into the wound which results in your contracting TBF.
     
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    OK only lived in the bush for 54 years...whatever works for you then!
     
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    It might have worked for you (perhaps) because you had a degree of resistance to the various types of TBF but I absolutely, positively, definitely guarantee the action you recommend will be a recipe for disaster for most people.
     
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    ..or a big game hunter's scrotum.. :wow:
     
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    Any incorrect action with the tweezers on your part will cause you more problems bearing in mind these things are usually in the most inaccessible places for precision work. I have never had any of my clients nor any of my family...we all live in the bush, have farms, mines etc and are exposed to ticks continuously...come down with tick fever as a result of my recommendations.
    If you don't want to cut it in half, then just use the soap or diesel - most accessible in hunting camps...the chemicals kill the ticks.
     
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    Cutting them in two as you suggest is pretty much guaranteed to cause them to vomit into the blood stream and cause infection the soap application or diesel will deprive them of air and get the same result. There's also the issue of diesel being a possible carcinogenic.

    I don't know if your comments mean you live in Zim but even if you do and even if you live there full time and run a hunting operation let's remember that the average Zim hunt is something like 10 days and the incubation period for TBF usually in the region of 7-10 days and most of your punters are going to be on the way home (at least) before they even know they have it.

    FWIW, I'm no slouch on the Africa experience myself. 33 years in the industry, operated in something like 7 African countries, 2 books, umpteen articles, very large related website and a wife worked in the cardio thoracic operating theatre of Guyï½´s Hospital for years and also holds various qualifications in tropical medicine.

    Believe me when I say your recommendations are more likely to give TBF than avoid it.

    All that said. I'm not interested in starting a pissing match so if you want to continue with the advice you're currently giving then go ahead....... it's no skin off my nose.
     
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    petrol/diesel worked on the one had last year while cutting firwood .
    it was only on my neck (luckily l always leave my pants on while using the chainsaw:laughing:) but when my daughter noticed it ,it was full of my blood
    but after l ripped its body off ,the girl told me to pour petrol on it .
    when l got the local nurse to look at it after l filled the ute up ,she said all l had to do was put some petrol on it and it would've let go
     
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    It'll probably make them let go but it won't stop them vomiting the gut content into your bloodstream before they do and it's that, that causes TBF in Africa. (I've no idea about Aussie ticks though) - FWIW, anyone living in an area may well have some resistance to it anyway so may get reduced or even no symptoms...... and that might perhaps be why OBs staff don't have a problem but someone from overseas won't have that resistance and are therefore VERY likely to contract TBF if they remove the tick incorrectly.
     
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    that's dead right shakari she also said that if it was infact a paralalsis tick by the size it had gotton on my blood , l would've been a bit doggy on it as it had obvisously been there a few hours but l only know of 2 types of tick in oz
     
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    I've only been to Oz once and that was way back in the 70s so what I know about the country could be written on the back of a postage stamp!

    I've never heard of a paralysis tick and wonder if the name implies possible big problems? - You're lucky only having 2 types of ticks there though. Africa has no end of different types and resistance to one doesn't necessarily mean resistance to all.

    I personally find the best way to avoid them is to use dog tick & flea shampoo instead of shower gel during the safari and a couple of weeks after and of course taking precautions such as tucking trouser bottoms into high boots and spraying clothes with something like Bayticol.

    When I retired from PHing, left Africa & moved to Portugal, I thought I'd seen the last of the nasty little beggars but unfortunately we seem to have a lot of ticks here as well which is a bit of a PITA.

    That said..... at least I'm away from the risk of malaria here and the area is pretty much crime free so it beats the hell out of Africa in those respects. :)
     
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    paralalysis tick do as there name suggests something in their saliva gets into the bloodstream and with in a few hours the infected get woozy on their feet and then it goes down hill from there .dogs get them most often but l have heard of near fatal illnesses in people as well .
    when my little dog got hit it took her over 2 weeks of medication to come good enough to go outside .
     
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    Wow, they're seriously bad news then.

    We have a couple of really nasty insect spread diseases here in Portugal. Mozzies can cause heartworm and some ticks can give leishmaniasis. :(
     

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