Friday, June 27, 2008

From Ma...up on the mountain.

Nanc and my adopted 'Ma', sent me this handy tip, just in time for summer hiking, camping, fishing or just goofing around.
After all, even insects have to breathe, and since they use orifices on their sides...I would imagine that the necessity of breathing will cause them to forgo a meal!
A School Nurse has written the info below -- good enough to share - And it really works!!
I had a pediatrician 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 some times 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.Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say,' It worked!'

10 comments:

Papa Frank said...

Thank you! I'll certainly put this one to use as soon as tomorrow. Our land has a bumper "crop" of ticks this year.

nanc said...

we use super glue. i've heard vaseline also works well. the trick is to get them smothercated!

HI MA!

The Merry Widow said...

PF-I can imagine, with all that rain...oy!
Nanc-I was told to use toothpaste at camp.

tmw

Hammer said...

Great tip!

I alwaysed used a red hot fork. Your method sounds much safer.

The Merry Widow said...

Sorry about the Listerine...Z's friend checked it with Snopes, it's a "tall tale"!
I guess I'll say, "Welcome to the human race! So glad you could come down and join us."!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

Hammer said...

My father swears by the listerine to this day. It might be worth trying.

The Merry Widow said...

Someone volunteering to test it?

tmw

Z said...

Hammer..you're kidding? LIsterine is a well known cure? I swear it seemed legit to me..why NOT?

If I had mosquitos, I'd test it, TMW!

cube said...

Sounds like a great cure for tickilitis!

nanc said...

i'm going to test it!