Experts: the tick should be removed as soon as possible and observe the body’s reaction
The season of tick activity is underway. What to do when you discover it on your skin? Specialists advise to remove it as soon as possible, preferably with a specialized instrument, and then carefully watch the body’s reaction for signs of possible infection, such as. Lyme disease.
There are more and more ticks in our environment, and at the same time they are more and more often the carriers of Lyme disease, remind researchers from the Independent Department of Applied Entomology of the Faculty of Horticulture, Biotechnology and Landscape Architecture of the School of Horticulture, Biotechnology and Landscape Architecture of the University of Warsaw In the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, which ers conduct research on these arachnids .
Ticks do not like drought, they are most easily found in damp and shady areas. They never populate the entire area evenly. They are happy to stay in tall grasses, on bushes (especially lnie deciduous trees, such as hazel) and in places where the rych previously standing water. – Unfortunately, very hungry ticks, even during a drought, can leave their comfortable positions and go hunting in other areas – warns Ewa Sady from the Faculty of Horticulture, Biotechnology and Landscape Architecture of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW).
If we notice that a tick has gotten into us, we should get rid of it as soon as possible. – If one removes the intruder up to 12 hours after the infestation, the risk of infection with the diseases they carry is relatively low. It is important to remember when disposing of the tick not to damage its idiosoma and provoke it to vomit. We are thus reducing b the risk of getting diseases into our body ricidal microorganisms – advises Orchards. He stresses, however, that although the risk of infection is w time smaller – it does not mean that it is not in og le.
According to the specialist, it is worth returning the extracted tick for laboratory examination and to check whether it was infected with. You can also test for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi spirochetes in the blood. At the same time, Sady points out that currently the specific symptoms caused by Lyme disease are not a characteristic indicator of the disease. – Only half of Lyme disease infections result in the appearance of erythema migrans, and babesiosis in pets increasingly rarely causes a specific change in the color of their urine. After an encounter with a tick, heightened vigilance and observation of the body’s reaction is advisable. Any symptom can be significant, even those similar to a cold or flu – advises the expert. Whenever symptoms occur in those resembling Lyme disease, it is worth doing appropriate blood tests.
Many Lyme disease patients do not recall being bitten by this arachnid. This is not surprising, because – as reminded by scientists from the SGGW – The disease is also transmitted by tick larvae and nymphs, which re are so small that they are sometimes hard to see.
Experts caution that the sk arachnid hand do not lubricate with any fat, onion juice or anything else. To get rid of the parasite, grab it right at the skin rze and with a decisive movement pull out, in a direction perpendicular to the point of penetration of the. The tick should not be twisted, as this risks twisting and leaving part of its mouth apparatus in the body. You also need to be careful not to press on its abdomen, which is drunk – do not allow the arachnid to return the ct the contents of the digestive contents.
It is good to wash the wound with disinfectant. It is also necessary to check, for example. with the help of a magnifying glass, whether the parasite was removed in its entirety. If black dots are visible at the site of the bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible – specialists advise.
They point out that pulling out a tick with tweezers requires some manual skills. However, there are easier-to-use instruments on the market – pliers, lasso, pump or tick traps. – For wasps b those without experience in removing ticks, a vacuum-operated pump or freezing device with attached tools to remove the arachnid would be best. Freezing is a good alternative, as it immediately blocks zwr price of food content along with tick saliva. With such tools, it is easy to pull out the zar both the adult form and the larva or nymph. Instruments of this type can be used on hairy parts of the body – advises Ewa Sady.
What to do with the removed tick? – It is best to prepare yourself a small vessel with alcohol before proceeding. The most ordinary alcohol of 40 percent is enough here., in which rym immerse the tick immediately after removal. After about 40 seconds it will be dead – m i Sady. The mere crushing of the tick can only be its apparent annihilation.
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