Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tick Removal

The woodticks have been terrible here this spring!

My aunt sent me this.
Worth a try!

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!"


  1. I don't have to worry about removing ticks--I just demand that Terry get it off and GET IT OFF NOW!

  2. Blech! I CAN'T stand ticks! They are so icky! Parker has a field trip to Buffalo State Park real soon, and I just know he will come home with some.

    I'll have to try the soap!


  3. Smearing them with a bit of Vaseline does the same. Suffocates them and they let go.


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