I Hope This Tick Did Not Carry Lyme's Disease!

Early this morning Lynette called to me from upstairs so I could check the back of her neck near her hairline.  She felt something strange and wanted me to make sure it was not a tick. But it was a tick that had embedded itself under her skin.
(The photo is not of Lynette.  It was taken from the web.)

I put a little petroleum jelly over the tick as a sort of lubricant.  Then I carefully and gently pulled it off with a pair of tweezers.

I used witch hazel to soothe the area then alcohol to disinfected it.  I'm sure it felt good to her, especially knowing that the tick was gone.

Now I'll have to keep an eye on it for a while to make sure no bulls eye rash develops.  If it does we'll have to see a doctor to check it and maybe get a prescription for an antibiotic.

Here's a video on how to remove a tick:

I hope this information will help if it ever happens to you.


  1. I hope everything turns out okay! These nasty bugs are horrible.

  2. Do hope your wife is alright.
    A steady hand to remove the tick..

  3. I hope no ring rash develops! Lyme Disease is starting to make its way north into Canada now, which is scary. I remember when I was a kid, we were told never to pull off a tick. My mom would heat a needle or use a freshly snuffed match to hold against the tick's bum so it would back out on its own. I understand this is not a recommended method any more.

  4. Ticks are nasty little critters. We have lots of them around here, and any walk in tall grass is a hazard. Hope no rash develops. Our state is at the top of the list for Lyme Disease. They also carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, another serious disease.

  5. When I was a child we used iodine to remove ticks. Iodine was sold at every drug store. It was used to disinfect cuts. You applied it with the glass wand that was connected to the lid. To remove a tick you used the wand to apply a circle of iodine directly to the skin around the head of the tick. The fumes made the tick back out and it could be removed and destroyed with no danger of leaving the head inside.

  6. That's not good

    Daisy had asked me to look at a bump on her back. Looked like a black stone under her skin. I researched it and someone said to take it out with tweezers. It was a giant blackhead


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