Check yourself...

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Check yourself...

Posted 06 April 2010 - 08:27 PM

If any of you nerd losers (whom I love) ever decide to go outside for some... fresh air and/or... exercise...or if you're like me and have to go piss outside behind a trailer at times, (and especially those of us in North America)...
Well, be sure to check yourself for ticks and take precautions. Deer ticks are the ones that carry Lyme disease. As adults they are about the size of a pencil eraser, but the nymphs can be pin-point sized. They cannot jump, but do climb and can fall on a host. Thanks to gravity for that. Aside from brush and tall grasses near wooded areas, ticks also hide in other places such as the crevices between gravel and rocks (e.g. stone walls). There are other species of ticks, as well as different kinds of diseases that they are capable of carrying.
Check your pets also and pre-treat them if possible, to protect them and your family.
A bite from a tick carrying Lyme disease might look something like this:
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It is obvious from the image that the bite here is encircled in red, though you cannot really see how there is a rash developing even beyond this area. This bite is on me. I found the little bastard high up on my leg, not quite on my inner thigh but almost. Ripped most of it out, but a very small piece of the tick is likely there and still has to be surgically removed. This morning the outline was a lighter red and it darkened by the time I went to see the doctor. As I mentioned, the rash is developing beyond this area and is currently just pink enough to notice and about an inch an a half in diameter.

If you're going outside in wooded areas or anywhere ticks are located, wear a repellent that is 10% to 30% DEET and/or check yourself and pets very carefully afterward.

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Re: Check yourself...

Posted 06 April 2010 - 08:30 PM

I once brushed up against a branch & found 2 tics on my head. This was many many years ago.

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piss outside behind a trailer at times

Behind? The only thing trailers are good for is pissing on. Sounds to me like you missed. Close, but missed.
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Posted 06 April 2010 - 08:30 PM

I run over 100 miles a week and taught myself how to piss whilst running so I see no issue here...
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 01:21 AM

My ex and I went camping on the Eastern Shore when our oldest daughter was very young (as in not quite 2-years-old). Upon our return, we found two deer ticks attached to her - one on her back and one behind her ear.

We removed them with tweezers and took her to the doctor who said, "Well, they may or may not have been carrying Lyme disease. Here's a prescription for three weeks worth of antibiotics. If the ticks were carrying anything, this will take care of it."

The issue isn't in curing the diseases (apparently they're pretty easily handled)... the issue is in discovering the tick before it's too late.

I have since become anal retentive about use of bug spray... and not camping. Room service FTW!

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:00 AM

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I run over 100 miles a week and taught myself how to piss whilst running so I see no issue here...


lol pics or it is a lie :P
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:05 AM

It's convenient for half-marathons or over. Trust me, enough people in the area will vouch for me on that one. Also a great technique to get people to slow down behind you.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:42 AM

yea it is a great tactic :D
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Re: Check yourself...

Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:53 AM

View PostLoveIsNull, on 06 April 2010 - 09:27 PM, said:

Thanks to gravity for that.


I knew that gravity shit was a bad idea.


Side question, OP, how did you remove the tick? Just cut it off? I am a big fan of lighting a match.. hold for a few seconds.. blow it out.. put your tweezers on both sides of the bastard.. and put the smoldering match head on the exposed part of the tick. After a few applications the sucker will let go and no messy tick parts left in you.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:57 AM

Another good way to get ticks out is to use oil, and rub counter-clock wise. True story, my little brother had one, and we tried the match thing, and the tick wouldn't come out. Well, some people came over to look at the house, and they told us about the oil thing. That tick backed right out when we did that. It was pretty cool.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:02 AM

I'd like to see you out in the moonlight.
I'd like to kiss you way back in the sticks.
I'd like to walk you through a field of wildflowers.
And I'd like to check you for ticks.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:02 AM

*shudders and vomits*
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:03 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 07 April 2010 - 08:02 AM, said:

I'd like to see you out in the moonlight.
I'd like to kiss you way back in the sticks.
I'd like to walk you through a field of wildflowers.
And I'd like to check you for ticks.


You wanna check me for ticks??? WOOHOOO....finally!!!!
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:04 AM

On a semi-related, quite disgusting and barely relevant note, my dad had a very large tick on his back once, many years ago. He still has its corpse in a sealed jar in his kitchen.

Edit: @P4L Not really no. Something about plucking blood sucking parasites off of someone - or even a mental image of plucking blood sucking parasites off of someone - that sort of kills the mood... maybe it's just me. *shrug*

Checking your feces for worms and your scalp for lice would likely have the same effect.

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Re: Check yourself...

Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:35 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 07 April 2010 - 04:53 AM, said:

I am a big fan of lighting a match.. hold for a few seconds.. blow it out.. put your tweezers on both sides of the bastard.. and put the smoldering match head on the exposed part of the tick. After a few applications the sucker will let go and no messy tick parts left in you.


Bad idea, this can shock the tick and cause it regurgitate what's in it pumping more infection into you. Just an FYI there ;)
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:38 AM

Didn't wake up this morning expecting to see this topic in the lounge, but what the hell... the worst thing I've had like that is bites from Sand Fleas/Sand Flies/No-See-Ums after going to the beach and being in the sand.
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