LYME SCI: Help! I’ve been bitten by a tick. Now what?
Please go to link for full article written by Lonnie Marcum. I’ve summarized necessary steps below:
- Take a picture of the tick while it’s still attached.
- Remove the tick properly and promptly.
- Place tick on clear tape and take a picture of the front and back.
- Put tick in plastic bag with a damp cotton ball, label with name, date, site of bite, and length of tick attachment.
- Wash bite area with soap and water, disinfect with rubbing alcohol and apply triple antibiotics ointment or antiseptic.
- Identify the tick: tickencounter.org where you submit the picture and they will identify it for FREE.
- Mail tick in to see what pathogens are involved. If your state doesn’t offer free testing, you can contact IGeneX, Tick Report, or Ticknology.
- See your doctor but understand testing at this point is futile as antibodies aren’t picked up in the first 4-6 weeks. Lyme has been and will always be a clinical diagnosis.
- ILADS recommends you discuss prophylaxis treatment (20 days of doxycycline – never the 1 dose as the research recommending this is flawed) if you’ve been bitten by a blacklegged tick. Everyone admits early diagnosis and treatment makes all the difference. The “wait and see approach” has not worked.
- Understand that while this particular treatment can prevent Lyme, doxy will not touch many coinfections, so you can still develop symptoms if coinfections are involved.
- Write any symptoms that are not normal for you down in a calendar. Take pictures of any visual changes on the body. Contact doctor asap if any signs appear.
- If tick results come back positive, ILADS recommends staying on treatment of 4-6 weeks for early Lyme. Other confections will necessitate other medications.
How to remove a tick
While this video states it takes 24 hours to transmit, please know, it’s happened within a few hours: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/04/14/transmission-time-for-lymemsids-infection/
What effective Lyme treatment looks like: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/02/13/lyme-disease-treatment/
While ticks are certainly a concern, there are many potential ways this is getting transmitted: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/05/24/microbiology-professor-im-convinced-lyme-disease-is-transmittable-from-person-to-person/