SkydiverBC Posted February 28, 2003 Share Posted February 28, 2003 Every year I hear people talk about the best way to remove a tick. I am sure these people are trying to be very helpfull, but there is much "false information" that gets passed around and perpetuates the problem. So this year I am being proactive and posting the "preferred" method of removing a tick. This method prevents the tick from vomiting its stomach contents into your blood stream before you can remove it. For obvious reasons, if the tick had a disease, vomiting would be bad. Tools Needed: a drinking straw a 12" piece of good thread 1. Gently slide the straw under the tick until it comes to a stop against the ticks head and with the ticks body inside the straw. 2. Tie an overhand knot around the straw with the thread. (An overhand knot is how most people start tying their shoe laces - right over left) 3. Slowly slide the thread down the straw until it comes off at the bottom - next to the ticks head. 4. Tighten the knot keeping the straw in place to force the thread in front of the ticks head. Only move to the next step if the thread is between the skin and the ticks head. 5. Apply steady pressure to the thread pulling at a right angle to the skin. Do not yank or tug on the thread! 6. The skin should be lifted by the steady pull of the thread on the tick. If the skin is still level, apply more pressure. 7. Most ticks will release in less than 30 seconds, but some of the tougher ticks can hold on for up to 5 minutes. 8. When the tick releases, you can place it in a film canister and take it to your health unit for testing if you are concerned. Match sticks, vaseline, tweezers, etc. can all cause the tick to vomit before removal. Place a short piece of straw and a piece of thread in your first aid kit and have fun! I want to die like my grandfather did, peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. Quote Link to comment
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