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Tick Removal – is this true?

Ok, mythbusters, someone sent this to me and I’m looking for my sleuths out there to confirm or bust this as a myth. Have at it!

How To Remove a Tick

Bet it would work on dogs too.

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing in herds. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets.

Give it a try. Please forward to anyone with children… or hunters or dogs, or anyone who even steps outside in summer!!

A School Nurse has written the info below — good enough to share — And it really works!!I had a pediatrician tell me that she believes it is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way.

I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, “It worked!”

Category: Random Thoughts
  • sava says:

    this might be true, but to be honest, the tone and wording and style of the email smells a little like those ‘this is true! believe it!’ emails that ultimately turn out not to be true. it also seems highly simple – maybe that’s why it’s so unbelievable? I gotta see it to believe it.
    I always removed ticks from dogs by pulling them out and then feeding them to my fish!
    A quick google search yielded the only way I’ve heard of: pair of tweezers.
    And this might sound familiar: http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/tick.asp

    =)

    May 27, 2009 at 1:12 am
  • Margaret Czart says:

    Never heard of this method. I just use the traditional hot match method that always works.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:36 am

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