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LiveToJump 06-23-2009 11:41 AM

Ticks
 
Since moving to the South, I have encountered my first Tick experience.

I found a tick on my stomach after coming home from the stables. I got it off, but am now left with a swollen dot where it was, and it itches as a mosquito bite would.

Is this a normal reaction? What should I do?

VACountryGirl 06-23-2009 11:51 AM

Yes, this is normal. It can itch up to 2-3 weeks sometimes too. I would just put some cortisone cream on it or another anti-itch cream. Monitor it and make sure it doesn't get worse looking. If it starts to look like a bullseye (with a ring around the bite) then definitely go to a doctor. That is an indication that the tick that bit you had Lyme's Disease. Other than that, just take care of it like you would any bug bite and try not to scratch. Also, its important that when you pull a tick off that you get the head too. If it stays imbedded in your skin it will cause an infection. Most of the time when you pull them off the whole thing comes with it, but sometimes it will stay on. (Gross, I know.) To prevent ticks in the future, regular bug spray like OFF! works. Just be sure to put it on before you go outside. :) Hope that helps.

TaMMa89 06-23-2009 12:39 PM

For the future... There's people out of there who says it's an good idea to cover the tick (which bites you) with skin cream because it makes the tick to back off. DON'T do that. Maybe the tick goes away but before that it can vomit when it's still biting you and that can cause diseases.

kaykat31 06-23-2009 01:14 PM

That is normal.As VACountryGirl said above, if it starts to look worse, go to a doctor.If you find a tick in the future, a good idea is to remove it all from you & then burn it with a match to make sure it is dead, sometimes squishing it doesnt always do it.

iridehorses 06-23-2009 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by LiveToJump (Post 333958)
Since moving to the South, I have encountered my first Tick experience.

Where in the world did you live that didn't have ticks?! I lived in NY and PA before SC and we had ticks up north. Son #1 lives in Boston and has ticks!

VACountryGirl 06-23-2009 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaykat31 (Post 334037)
If you find a tick in the future, a good idea is to remove it all from you & then burn it with a match to make sure it is dead, sometimes squishing it doesnt always do it.

Ahhh yes! I forgot about that! Either that or flush it down the toilet. They have really hard exoskeletons, so they are difficult to squish. I hate ticks!

1dog3cats17rodents 06-23-2009 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by iridehorses (Post 334174)
Where in the world did you live that didn't have ticks?! I lived in NY and PA before SC and we had ticks up north. Son #1 lives in Boston and has ticks!

In fourteen years living in upstate NY, we only had 2 ticks before last year. Apparently they all moved up here though, because we found gazillions (slight exaggeration) last fall. We actualy *gasp* had to buy tick preventative. The poor vet admitted that she didn't know what to tell people, she had almost never given it before that year. And this is WITH two outdoor cats, a wooded area berhind us, and daily off leash walks through wooded/brush filled walks with two dogs!

LiveToJump 06-24-2009 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by iridehorses (Post 334174)
Where in the world did you live that didn't have ticks?! I lived in NY and PA before SC and we had ticks up north. Son #1 lives in Boston and has ticks!

I had lived in Ohio, WAY up North in Ohio, by Cleveland... by the lake.
Not many ticks around those parts, maybe because we never really get TOO hot, and we're frozen 8 months out of the year, or close to at least.
:lol:

I've always used Tick preventative on my dogs, but never had to worry about them on horses or even myself. This was the first time I was bit by a tick myself, and I was pretty freaked out to be honest...

LiveToJump 06-24-2009 12:38 PM

Thank you everyone for responding! I was completely clueless before this thread.

iridehorses 06-24-2009 12:43 PM

I remember finding a tick on me for the first time while living in NY back in the late 70's / early 80's. At the time there was a huge outbreak of Lyme disease and I totally went wild when I saw one crawling on me.

Now ... it is just another nuisance.

Just a side note: They became prevalent when the government banned DDT spraying.


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