How to protect yourself and your family from TICKS:
What are ticks and where are they found?
Mammalian tick allergy
How to safely remove ticks:
If you have an adult tick:
It is very important not to disturb it during the process of removing it, so the best way is to FREEZE it with ether-containing spray, e.g. MEDI FREEZE TICK OFF – Freeze it, don’t squeeze it!
Place the spray approx. 0.5 cm above the tick and spray 5 times. The tick will die instantaneously.
Wait for the tick to drop off (up to one day) or, if it doesn’t drop off on its own, remove it with tweezers – it is ok now as the tick is dead – still taking the utmost care to not compress it.
If you have a small tick (larvae & nymphs):
Use permethrin cream, e.g. LYCLEAR – Dab it, don’t grab it!
Just touch a bit of cream to the small tick, don’t rub it in and leave for 1-3 hours for the tick to die. Then wipe it off with a tissue.
Tick irritation treatment:
- Mild steroid cream to treat the inflammation:
- Antihistamines to take down the itch:
- Cold compress to relieve the heat.
Prevention from ticks*:
- DEET – containing repellents
- Wearing long-sleeved clothes
- Tucking your trousers into your socks
- Mitey Tick-Off device – ultrasonic pulse repellent
*While no product is 100% effective, these methods may reduce the risk of tick bites.
Weblinks – References:
Tick Safe and the Mozzie Team – www. ticksafe.com.au
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy – www.allergy.org.au
Department of Medical Entomology – www.medent.usyd.edu.au
The Department of Health – Tick bite prevention – www.health.gov.au