Patient Comments: Ticks - Removal

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Comment from: Old Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I have always used heat to remove a tick. A heated wire or the hot coal on a toothpick placed to the back of a tick will cause it to withdraw from the skin which prevents the head from being torn off when removing it. Grab the crawling tick with some tweezers, then burn it.

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Comment from: old hacker, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 12

After years of trying to remove numerous ticks of varying types and embedment my wife read an article suggesting using liquid detergent/soap. Used Woolite over the area and after a couple treatments and soaking a cotton ball over the area the tick came out and was on the cotton ball. Sure beats the tweezers and left behind tick parts.

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Comment from: bemery, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

Take nail polish remover on a cotton ball, with acetone preferably, or without. Hold it on the tick. They die, then you can remove with tweezers. Flip the tick up on its head, and pull it out, straight up, grasping it with the tweezers laid right on the skin, not to pinch the skin; it will have a blood spot on the skin if you get the head. If not... use hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball, either way, lay it on top of the spot where the bite occurred. The peroxide draws out the toxins, and will draw the head back out as well. I just got bit here in PA, first time, in PA. A few times in NW OH. This technique has worked with me and my sons when they were growing up. I worked in a hair salon in the country. We used this method to remove ticks on more than a couple of people.

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Comment from: Hateticks, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

I have had several ticks and have developed an allergy to them. Sadly, many medical professionals do not recognize the potential dangers of them. My side effects were vomiting dizziness, swollen throat, chest pain, and extreme itching at the site of the tick bite. I have learned about an automotive product named Aerostart. If you have a tick, you simply spray it with this product and it freezes the tick and kills it. Hence, it does not release its venom. Usually a tick will release venom as it becomes aggravated when being removed with traditional methods. If you experience any of the symptoms, please go to emergency room at your hospital. If you are allergic to tick bites, they can be deadly and you need adrenaline immediately.

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Comment from: jldegrace, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I have found that putting dish soap on a cotton ball and then rubbing it all over the tick works great! The tick backs out and gets stuck on the cotton ball, so there is no worry about dropping it. Disposal is easy.

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