The warning everyone must read about ticks

Have you removed a tick before? They can attach to you from your pets or from being in nature. But
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Have you removed a tick before? They can attach to you from your pets or from being in nature. But whatever you do.. don’t do this. Kassy sent us through this warning about ticks.

“I was taken by ambulance to hospital yesterday after removing a tick from my head. Within 15 minutes my whole body was covered in welts and I nearly stopped breathing, but quick action saved me. I took a Telfast antihistamine, and 5 puffs of ventolin and 2 puffs of flixotide. It saved my life. I went into anaphylactic shock. I have an Epipen now if it happens again. Doctors say to freeze the tick with a freeze spray or go to doctor or hospital to have them remove it”.

According to QLD Health, the key treatment of tick bite is prompt and complete removal of the tick. Use fine tipped tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick straight out with steady pressure.

Alternatively a tick may be removed using the knot method. Make a loose half-hitch in a thread such as a piece of dental floss. The open knot is slipped over the tick as close as possible to the skin and then pulled taut. The embedded tick then usually somersaults out. If you have difficulty removing all parts of the tick, seek medical attention.

To avoid ticks:

  • Cover as much of your body as possible when out in bush or forest areas. Wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants with the legs tucked into your socks.
  • Use insect repellents, such as products with DEET.
  • Clear leaves, brush, tall grasses, woodpiles, and stone fences from around your house and the edges of your yard or garden. This may help reduce ticks and the rodents that the ticks depend on.

Do you have any other tick tips?

  1. Aileen May

    When I was in Rockhampton, if my dog got a tick, the vet said to dab insect killer on it and it would die and drop off. Worked every time. Hope I never get one on me.

  2. Judy Green

    No matter how you get it off, it’s vital to remove the head. When I lived in a tick area, I used to place an ice block on the little bugger. If he didn’t pull out and try to get away (into my tweezers!!), he just froze and I could pull him out safely.

  3. Ruth Hourigan

    I lived in Darwin for 20 years. It was a common occurrence to get ticks on you. One soon learned how to take them out safely.
    Nowdays you can actually buy a tick remover which will remove the tick safely; head and all.

    • Debbie Ward

      I also lived in Darwin but fortunately didn’t get a tick on me. My dog was a different story with weekly hydro baths.

    • Ruth Hourigan

      Debbie Ward
      Yes. Our dogs also. We would have to check them daily and would always find at least one. Thankfully the paralysis tick didn’t breed up there at the time.

    • EDDY VAN HENSBERGEN  

      About the NO TICKS in S A I will stand corrected but if you ever see a SLEEPY LIZARD or blue tongue as they are sometimes called have a look in their ears and surprise yes a tick. I live in the RIVERLAND and close to a golf course and we find them all the time, regards EDD

    • Trish Velder

      Sorry to spoil it for you but there are ticks in SA , especially on Yorke Peninsular. My daughter was bitten by them when she camped at Innes National Park, quite badly. Also other parts of Yorkes. Lived there for 15 years so know this to be true.

  4. Ann Carson

    Our vet told us to spray Aeroguard on the thick and it will back out and drop off. Fortunately, never had to try this – yet

  5. Magdalena Gwinnett

    I found the best way is to carry Aeroguard and spray the tick as soon as you find it. Leave it for ten minutes, to make sure it’s dead,and remove it with tweezers. It will come out clean.

  6. Liz Stewart

    I am in a tick aread..I use wart freeze now..best method yet…oh after taking an antihistimine.

  7. Marlane Webb

    If you don’t get the head out don’t fret,the scab that forms on the bite will have the head on the back of it when you pull it off,lived ina tic area for over 30 years.

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