What You Need To Know
Here’s the thing – Lyme disease is one of the most misunderstood diseases that exist on the face of this planet. It’s no wonder since even one of the most widely accepted sources for such information actively thwarts any attempt at consistency. The CDC look’s at Lyme disease similar to the way people of old looked at the earth – meaning they didn’t have the context to see the earth properly and therefore assumed it was flat. We all know how that turned out…
Lyme get’s its name from the small towns of Lyme and Old Lyme Connecticut. Guess what – that happened in 1975, which for those of you who don’t know that’s not that long ago in the world of disease. It takes years of research to even come close to knowing anything and I’ve com to know we rarely ever ‘know’ it all. It seems to me, no amount of research has ever led to understanding something with 100% certainty. Yet to this day there are doctors who stand by the CDC with blind conviction in the same way scientist’s used to think the world was flat.
Let’s use some plain and simple common sense and dispel some of the flat out old fashioned claims that are out there:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with even, steady pressure. Try not to twist or jerk the tick quickly; this might cause the head or the mouth-parts to break off and remain attached to the skin. If this happens, do your best to remove the mouth-parts with the tweezers.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, and then placing it in a sealed bag/container. You can then mail the tick off to be tested for Lyme if you like for extra measure. While the test is quite often falsely negative, if it is positive then you definitely have a jump start on things. In the end, Never crush the tick with your fingers to dispose of it.