We took the dogs out for a hike today and when I got back in the truck I felt like my skin was crawling, when I examined my legs closer I realized I had hundreds of tiny ticks crawling up my legs on my neck and arms they are so tiny they are about the size of a grain of salt. I rubbed down with alcohol (my mom's remedy) and I showered but I am still finding them even between my toes! Ugh I am so grossed out! Does anybody have any home remedies? I am going nuts!
I don't know how to make sure you get them off, but it sounds like deer ticks. You need to be careful, actually you might want to call your doctor, you can get lime desease from them. Watch out for a bite that looks like a bullseye. If that happens your doctor will put you antibotics (SP).
Well, I am no expert, but I do know that if one bit you, watch for signs of Lyme Disease, which are:
If you have been bitten by a tick and have removed it, the risk of getting Lyme disease is so small that there is no reason to use an antibiotic.
It is, however, important to watch out for symptoms that may indicate Lyme disease, especially a red spot close to the tick bite. The spot gradually gets bigger and, eventually, a pale area will appear in the middle. This is often accompanied by headache and fever, which will usually appear between 3 and 30 days after the bite. If this happens, see a doctor immediately.
If none bit you...alchohol should work, and clean your self up again...
Awwww. I feel for ya Gina! We have way too many of those nasty little buggers where we live. When you get loaded with them like that (oh, by the way we call them "seed ticks") grab the nearest roll of tape...duct tape is the best, but any other tape will work too (a lint roller is fantastic). Try to sticky most of them off and then we take a bleach bath. It won't get them all but will reduce them to a mangeable number that you can get off with the tweezers...along with the aid of someone with very good eyesight to check those places you can't see yourself **wink**
And to the posters about the lyme's disease. Ticks that are in this stage of life (they are littlerally brand new hatchlings) are getting on to their first host ever so they don't generally carry lyme's disease yet. I would sure take 1000 of the seed ticks to even 1 deer tick cause I know that my chances aren't likely for contracting anything. Hope some of this helped!
Pupz that was great advice thanks so much I hate bugs of any kind especially the kind that suck your blood. Ugh! I am going to try the tape I'm kind of scared of the bleach bath though I have very sensitive skin.
OH GOD! I feel for you! How horrible! I was thinking about it and would be going crazy yuck! How the heck did that many of them get on you? Even between your toes? ICK ICK ICK!
That has never happened to me I would be freaked out if it did! My brother once was petting some deer at a deer park and over the next few days he saw little bugs running under his skin! It was so gross! I was really little so I don't remember what type of bug it was. I think he said deer ticks, but I could be wrong. I do remember the Dr. said it was from those deer! My brother was fine, but it was just nasty to look at! It was only under the skin like when you get a sliver like that. Not into the blood or anything.
EEWWWW. My husband would freak...he HATES ticks. Hope you got the dogs taken care of too. If not, you're fighting a losing battle. The dogs are probably covered in them, which probably makes them feel just as crawly and miserable and then everytime you touch the dogs you'll get more on you. If they are indoor dogs, then you probably have some in your house too. Good luck, remember to cover ALL the bases there!
Hey! Too bad they don't have something like FrontLine for people...I mean....we're the ones who walk the dogs...so we'll get the ticks too. Okay, just a stupid rambling thought (but possibly marketable if someone could figure it out!!!)
Did you get rid of the little buggers yet? I just keep picturing my husband reading your post....he'd FREAK! He absolutely despises ticks...it's the one thing that actually makes him shudder!
ShaunnaMichelle Yes as far as I know they are all gone I washed with Alcohol and had my husband check my back and *ummm* places I couldnt see. Thanks everybody for your help. Ticks are nasty little buggars! I had nightmares all night last night!
it's not harmful but make sure they cant lick it, i dunno how it is if ingested...
it kinda smells like kerosene but it's natural and ticks hate the smell, they will go running, so i would suggest putting it on outside, so they dont go running in the house
ticks can cause something (i know because i got it as a child) called Bell's Palsy. If you notice a tingling or numb sensation on any part of your body or if you see part of your face drooping, or cant smile on one side or something like that DO NOT WAIT if you dont go to the doctor and get antibiotics you could be partially paralyzed for life.
Frontline dont WORK that well that your dogs would be completly tick free if you are claming to be full of thousands of ticks! There is NO medicine you can give your dogs that works 100% to keep thousands of ticks off of them when the ticks are suposed to be that bad in your area.
I wasnt accusing you of anything or being a bad dog owner. I was just making an observastion.
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I'm glad that you got them all. I have to say, you handled it quite a bit calmer (it seems) than I would have. I would've just freaked out. I'd think you were a little "off" if you DIDN'T have nightmares....that sounded like a nightmare!! EWWW. I'm still crawling thinking about it.
How often do you have to give FrontLine? We have ticks here too and though I haven't found a dog yet...I'd guess it would be a good idea to use for them because we like being in the mountains.