Lyme Disease Transmission – Reducing Risk
The degree of protection provided by tick removal decreases steadily the longer the tick is in place with a steep decline after 60hrs to the point where no protection is apparent at 66hrs. Leaving a tick in place for more than two and a half days therefore is as likely to result in infection as leaving the tick in place indefinitely. Where a tick is in a hard-to-reach place it is advisable to have someone assist in removing it. A doctor can help with this if a patient is not confident of removing the tick safely themselves. Attempting to remove a tick from a pet may also be difficult if they are hard to keep still and a veterinarian may be required to help in such cases. Ticks should not be attempted to be removed using paraffin, lit matches, or other folk methods; a simple pair of tweezers or forceps is all that is required. Many commercially available tick removal devices are no better than normal tweezers and may actually increase the risk of crushing the tick during removal. Adult ticks are commonly around the size of an apple pip whereas nymphal ticks may be as tiny as a pinhead. Daily checking, of all family members and household animals, is important therefore to reduce the risks of Lyme disease transmission, with many people using magnifying glasses to aid this process.
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