A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from some major problems. Spring is here and the ticks are already out in full force. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try. A School Nurse has written the info below–good enough to share–and it really works!
“I had a paediatrician tell me what she believes 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.” Also, if you just pull a tick out, their heads sometimes break off and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way”.
Be aware also that certain ticks can carry tick fever, or in Australia we have the paralysis ticks. So check for symptoms after finding a tick and removing it.