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Ticks

Hi Everyone,
scapularis-387181_1920We can finally enjoy summer.  And there is a bug we do not want to work about – Ticks.  Ticks become an issue only when they have embedded and are sucking blood.  If we catch them prior to this, they are not a serious threat.

Ticks can drop from trees, and they can come off bushes as we pass by.  Wearing a hat on trails and in the woods prevents the ticks from falling on your head.  If you see a tick crawling on you or your clothing it means it has not embedded.  You are safe.

If they attach to your skin but pull off with a slight tug, this means it has not embedded and you are safe.

If the tick does not come off with a slight tug, but the body is not enlarged, this means it has not begun sucking blood.  We want to take some precautions, but you are safe.  The tick has not entered your bloodstream.

Use a heated piece of metal, touch the body and the tick will release itself.  A paper clip, for example.

If the tick is attached and the body is enlarged, it now has entered your bloodstream and we want to take precautions.

After removing the tick with the hot metal tip, we need to boost the immune system to fight off any infection. Large amounts of vitamin C and zinc for a short period of time will boost the immune system.  A normal healthy person has nothing to worry about. Their immune system would eliminate anything that had entered.

The goal is to not get to where you have a giant bullseye showing infection.

Get outside and enjoy the summer.  Wear a hat and watch for ticks.

We can finally enjoy summer.  And there is a bug we do not want to work about – Ticks.  Ticks become an issue only when they have embedded and are sucking blood.  If we catch them prior to this, they are not a serious threat.

Ticks can drop from trees, and they can come off bushes as we pass by.  Wearing a hat on trails and in the woods prevents the ticks from falling on your head.  If you see a tick crawling on you or your clothing it means it has not embedded.  You are safe.

If they attach to your skin but pull off with a slight tug, this means it has not embedded and you are safe.

If the tick does not come off with a slight tug, but the body is not enlarged, this means it has not begun sucking blood.  We want to take some precautions, but you are safe.  The tick has not entered your bloodstream.

Use a heated piece of metal, touch the body and the tick will release itself.  A paper clip, for example.

If the tick is attached and the body is enlarged, it now has entered your bloodstream and we want to take precautions.

After removing the tick with the hot metal tip, we need to boost the immune system to fight off any infection. Large amounts of vitamin C and zinc for a short period of time will boost the immune system.  A normal healthy person has nothing to worry about. Their immune system would eliminate anything that had entered.

The goal is to not get to where you have a giant bullseye showing infection.

Get outside and enjoy the summer.  Wear a hat and watch for ticks.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. McGuckin

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