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How can I keep my baby safe from ticks when our dogs bring them in all the time?

How can I keep my baby safe from ticks when our dogs bring them in all the time?

Tick check: The simplest way is to check your dogs for ticks before you go into your house and expose your baby to your dogs. Otherwise, it's best to separate the dogs from your baby, to decrease the risk of tick exposure. ...Read more

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What’s the best way to keep ticks away from the baby?

What’s the best way to keep ticks away from the baby?

Avoidance: The best protection is to wear appropriate clothing when outside in potentially tick infested areas. This includes long sleeve shirts and pants with pants covering socks. Daily, tick checks on your child will identify the tick before it can exchange its body fluids. Deet on the clothing will also be helpful. ...Read more

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What should I do if I found a really big tick that’s burrowed into my baby’s skin?

What should I do if I found a really big tick that’s burrowed into my baby’s skin?

Remove it gently: First of all...Don't panic! ticks are common, and most bites are harmless, but you do want to remove them because they can spread disease. The easiest way to remove the tick is to take tweezers, grab the tick at the head or mouth (closest to the skin), and apply gentle pressure upwards (away from skin). Do not use a match or petrolatum, since this will cause the tick to burrow deeper. ...Read more

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Can sand ticks be harmful?

Can sand ticks be harmful?

Yes: Not sure what a "sand" tick is, but if it is in the tick family, then yes it can be harmful! ticks are well known to transmit disease, but fortunately most do not. If you have a tick bite and develop fever or if the skin at the site of the bite looks red, it would be a good idea to see your physician to be safe. As with any bite, clean the area well with soap and water. ...Read more

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Can you be prone to ticks?

Can you be prone to ticks?

Area you live: The area you live in will determine the likelihood of a tick encounter. Prevention is always the best treatment to deal with ticks, ...Wear long sleeves, long pants, tuck pants into boots, use repellent in endemic areas. ...Read more

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How bad are ticks to humans?

How bad are ticks to humans?

It can kill you: Tick bites can transmit a number of very serious diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis name a few. The fatality rate for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is about 30% for people who are not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do seed ticks look like?

Seed ticks: Look like a tick small. Google this and look at images. See if that is what you have looks like this. ...Read more

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What does a tick bit look like?

What does a tick bit look like?

See below: They very in appearance, but often, the bite will often go unnoticed. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Explain how to take out a tick?

Explain how to take out a tick?

See below: The rec way is as follows: if available, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (if none, use a cloth or paper to protect your fingers). Pull straight up gently, steady pressure. Don't twist or jerk. Don't squeeze, crush or puncture the tick. Disinfect the skin afterward and wash hands. If any mouthparts remain, leave alone as they will be expelled spontaneously. ...Read more

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How do I properly remove a tick?

How do I properly remove a tick?

Anapsid.org/lyme: http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/removingticks.html (how to remove a tick). Using sharp pointed tweezers, or specially made tick tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, as close to its embedded mouthparts as you can. If you squeeze the body or head, you risk compressing the guts and salivary glands and expelling even more organisms through their mouth into ... ...Read more

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Can sand ticks bites be harmful?

Can sand ticks bites be harmful?

It could be: Some times those tics could cause what we call cutaneous leishmaniasis which a skin diease need treatment. ...Read more

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How would know if I have a tick?

How would   know if I have a tick?

Tick: You should find it on your body. Always inspect yourself after being in a tick infested area. If the tick is attached, it will engorge and can as big as a walnut. Feeding by the nymph form is harder to find since they are smaller. Some ticks, specifically the"soft" ticks that transmit relapsing fever in the southwest and western us, feed quickly and are rarely found on the body. ...Read more

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How long does it take a tick wound to heal?

How long does it take a tick wound to heal?

Simple means: When our protective skin is injured/opened, then the delicate internal environment is exposed to the harsh external environment. Covering it with a clean dressing is the way to go changing it every other day or so. Avoid scratching. Anti-itch creams help. Also, stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things. It should heal within a week. ...Read more

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What should I do if I find a tick on my baby?

What should I do if I find a tick on my baby?

Relax: After the normal reaction of being grossed out, it is important to remove it. Using tweezers as described is perfect. I also have heard that using soft soap on a cotton ball placed on the tick will get it to release. It is important to get it to release and not disconnect the head. At least call your physician about the tick. Then decide if the child needs to be seen. ...Read more

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How to get out a tick including the part in you?

How to get out a tick including the part in you?

See below: The rec way is as follows: if available, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (if none, use a cloth or paper to protect your fingers). Pull straight up gently, steady pressure. Don't twist or jerk. Don't squeeze, crush or puncture the tick. Disinfect the skin afterward and wash hands. If any mouthparts remain, leave alone as they will be expelled spontaneously. ...Read more

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How much time does it take a tick wound to heal?

How much time does it take a tick wound to heal?

If uninfected,: completely removed, devoid of disease carrying bacteria, left alone and not scratched repeatedly, and you are otherwise healthy it should be healed in a week. Keep in mind that if it persists you should be evaluated for a retained insect part which is the most common reason for persistent inflammation ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my 7 years olds ticks?

What could be the cause of my 7 years olds ticks?

Nervous habits: Many normal children have nervous habits. Common is rubbing nose, sniffing, clearing throat, as well as biting nails, picking nose , etc. Grimace and head toss and blinking are also common. These usually become less prominent with time. Rare cases may progress and become disruptive. These may meet criteria for tourette syndrome, but still may be able to be managed without medication. ...Read more

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What can I do if my motor ticks are getting worse?

What can I do if my motor ticks are getting worse?

See a neurologist: A neurologist would be the most appropriate physician to visit to get a throughout evaluation of your tics and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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How to determine if a tick has attached itself onto you?

How to determine if a tick has attached itself onto you?

Searching for ticks.: Visual and tactile inspection. Look at your nude body - any little brown ticks? Next feel with your hands - including places like the gtuteal (butt) cleft and all over the head. If you try to gently tug on the tick & he doesn't come off - then he is attached. ...Read more