Ticks. What's your story?

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  1. Andy G.

    Andy G. Member

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    Recently, my daughter went to a local girl scout camp. After she was home again, she noticed that she had a big nasty tick bite on her side. It had been there for two days. I removed it, then since Lyme's disease is commonly carried by deer ticks in our area, we got her in to the doctor right away. They gave her some medication, and she is fine. Since we will be doing a lot of camping this summer, we are now on high alert for ticks. What are your stories?
    Andy
     
  2. neighbormike

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    I usually dab a little Frontline on the back of my neck... no problems other than a mild nervous disorder. [:D]
     
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    Deer ticks are tiny. Wife picked up one at Buck Hall Plantation last year. Nothing has come of it, so far.
     
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    Not just camping, but watch at home also. Had a tickle in my sock after planting the garden. Looked , it was a tick. No bite, but a tick in my sock. They say this year is supost to be bad. So just keep an eye open.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    If I'm going to be walking in grass or the woods I wear long pants and socks and may even put the socks over the pant legs. Then I spray deep woods off over me. The socks over the pants prevent ticks from crawling up inside the pants leg, also keep the shirt tucked in, to prevent them from going up the shirt. Also a lint roller helps pick ticks up off the clothes. I take shoes and socks off before going inside to prevent any travelers from finding it's way inside. Even in the summer this is my preferred method. I'd rather be hot than have tick bites or sun burned.
     
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    Deet! Lots of it! Permethrin treated clothes and equipment.
     
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    Had Lyme's 20 years ago. Verified with blood work. Though I had a bad cold. But that hasn't stopped me or kept me out of the woods. Just a little more watchful
     
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    We use Picaridin insect repellent lotions and sprays. I'm not a fan of deet any more and this stuff seems to work better. For our clothing we treat them with Permethrin each spring. This chemical disables ticks and mosquitoes.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Living in a swamp and staying outdoors I have been diagnosed with Lymes Disease 5 times. As soon as I notice a "target shaped rash" I go see the Dr. last time he gave me 2 scripts 1 for that time and 1 for next time so I would not bother him next time. Sulfur and permethrin help but nothing is 100%
     
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    I've only had one campground where ticks were a serious problem. Finally stopped staying there because they were so bad the trip was no longer enjoyable.

    I do have tick removers in each rig. I check for ticks the first couple days - if none, then I relax about it. If either the dogs or I get a tick, I check us all every evening.

    One thing to remember is that many tick bites will have a red ring surrounding it almost immediately. That is not the same as the "bulls eye target rash" that appears after several days. Don't freak because you see a red ring when you discover the tick. :)
     
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    No ticks where we camp
     
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    Ticks crawl up the highest point of weeds or brush, and sit there with front legs extended trying to hook on anything that strolls past. We've spied them on the ends of grass, 3ft off the ground before. Once they hook on, they go up trying to find a way into your fur. This is why we spray our pants, shirts and sometimes we wear gators as well.

     
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    I've never had to deal with them much. Used DEET & Permethrin for years. I do treat a lot of tick bites. Ticks carry a lot more diseases than Lymes.
     
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    I was in Boy Scouts for 24 years, as a kid and adult leader. We camped every 5 weeks, in Florida. I never had a tick. Anywhere. First campout in our new hybrid last year, in March, within 5 minutes of being outside walking the dog I got two ticks. Got them both off, but I was like, what the hell?? This was in east Tennessee.
     
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    We know a very close family friend who has been dealing with Lyme's Disease for at least 5 to 7 years. She was misdiagnosed many times before sending bloodwork for testing in the U.S. It was finally confirmed over 3 years ago. Here in Canada the medical profession has no clue about symptoms or how to deal with this disease. In fact, doctors are told they will lose their licenses if they try to treat it. And no, I am not making this up.
    They think she was bitten by a tick when walking her dog in a local forest.
    Paige has been on television talk shows preaching about this disease and how to detect ticks and the first symptoms. She has been interviewed about the medical aspect and how she has been let down by our medical professionals. This young girl (she just turned 21) has been in constant and debilitating pain and bedridden for years. She barely gets out of her room let alone having a social and family life. Her family has remortgaged their home twice to try to keep paying for medications and treatments and keep her alive. (she goes to the U.S. and doctors there have many theories. She takes over 50 pills per day.....at one point she was on I.V. antibiotics for almost a full year.) It's heartbreaking. Yet she is so strong and just won't give up.
    She knows of and has known others who have died because of Lyme's disease. They are finally starting to recognize this disease here and early detection/treatment is crucial.
    My wife and I are hikers. Every time we exit from a hike we do a thorough check for ticks.
    The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks. The blacklegged tick (or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis) spreads the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States.
    People......please be diligent and check yourselves and loves ones whenever you are in and out of forests and parks.
     
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    3 families we know have had debilitating impacts from Lyme disease. I added a sidebar to my website about it. We use deet liberally, carry tick removers, check for ticks, and avoid state parks on the St Croix river which is infested according to the map on my website link
     
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    Eek! Ticks are the worst. They're usually pretty bad in my part of the country and last summer I got Lyme disease. I didn't even know I had been bitten until the rash showed up. Thought I had the flu or something until some pretty severe nerve pain showed up.

    I was down for the count (like literally couldn't get out of bed most days) for over a week, took almost a month to feel back to "normal," and the nerve pain popped back up for several months anytime I was stressed out or starting to get a little sick. Almost a year later and I finally feel like it's totally gone. *knocks on wood*

    We have a friend of the family that had a very severe case of Lyme disease many years ago and it actually put her in a coma for over a decade!

    For prevention I do the pants-tucked-into-socks trick with good boots, always wear hats, comb long hair thoroughly after hikes, and use deet bug spray. Will have to look into the stuff to put on clothes - that's a great idea. I also want to do more research on natural bug repellents with essential oils after seeing a study where a spray with essential oils as the main ingredient actually performed almost as well as a 90-something percent deet spray.
     
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    I work outside so dealing with ticks is part of the daily routine. A thorough tick check every night is a must. A tick has to be imbedded for awhile to transmit lymes. I don’t use any chemicals because I don’t trust that any of them are safe for daily use. I have had one co-worker have to medically retire due to lymes. Ticks are dangerous but if you take care they can be dealt with. The flying critters are the worst, hard to stop the mosquitoes and the biting flies.
     
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    Last summer I took a tick off of my inner thigh and didn't think much of it.
    Within a week or so I started having all these symptoms exhaustion, fever, and some others. I was dealing with it until I noticed the spot on my leg(where the tick was) and ding light bulb went off.
    I went to a walk in and had some blood work done and tested positive for Lymes and Babesiosis.
    Put me on antibiotics right away. Had to see an infections disease specialist. By the time I saw the specialist my blood work was only showing positive for Lymes.

    The whole ordeal I was out of work for about 4 or 5 days but didn't feel good for almost about month.
    Was not a fun month ans this was just after being out of work for 5 months for a broken ankle.
     

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