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First tick of the year

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A less than noteworthy event. But pulled our first fully engorged tick off Charlie yesterday.  So, just an FYI, they're out. 

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 The tick I took out of me last week came back negative for Lyme, but it was a  type of tick known to carry the disease. Still not sure if it was a deer tick, though and didn’t bother to ask

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I got my first couple ticks of the year during opening weekend at the Chu. However it was my own fault because I bushwacked a little.

 

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I found 2 in February this year. It only takes one warm day for them to emerge. I used to treat the dog 8 months out of the year. At this point, it’s a 12 month commitment.

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We've had a few here and there all winter, then 2-3 weeks ago started finding them regularly crawling on the dog after being out in the back yard/brush.  Having the property sprayed next week.  

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Ticks are in the mix of spring fishing , down here on the cape and in the woods of of our commonwealth . They walk the sandy beaches of our cape beaches, they walk the trial along the canal and unless you take some money and spray your yard they also will be walking there as well. Then again one with pets need to also be extra cautious that they protect there pets the best way they can for the over all affects to a animal that has been infected with lymes or other ills from a tick bite is no better then if one infects a human . It can be life threatening. It also can be very painful to treat once it gets into the blood system . It is when I see them in the house that I get real vigilant about respraying all of my property a second time.    So far knock on wood we have not seen any over this past few weeks getting my gardens all ready for plantings now i consider that a a plus.. Also having a large population of wild turkeys also helps to keep them at bay as the turkeys will eat a good number every day and they are no affected by eating them , so that is one good thing feeding them has done .

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So far only a couple that I brushed off a few weeks ago. Nothing since I've been wearing my permethrin treated outfit. I don't know if that's the difference, but it seems to be working.

 

As for protocol, if I find a tick and it's dug in good and engorged, I'll remove it and the doc will put me on three weeks of doxy regardless of how long it's been embedded. Bites without evidence of a tick causing it are trickier. If I'm sure that the tick wasn't on me more than 24 hrs, generally the dr will take a wait and see attitude with no treatment unless symptoms develop. If I see the tick and it is clearly a dog or wood tick, that's also wait and see.

 

 

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My son was 12 or so when he came down with flu like symptoms, lethargy and feelings not dissimilar to puberty 

which persisted until we visited the Falmouth Hospital emergency room and the physician there prescribed penicillin to no avail.  Dr. John Lewis, our family doctor, was initially perplexed by my son's illness until my sister tipped me off after reading an article about a new illness in Lyme, Connecticut linked to ticks.  Dr. Lewis conferred with Doctors in Lyme and concluded  my son had lyme and put him on doxycycline which did the job.  My son was sick for a few weeks prior to treatment and occasionally mentions aches and pains but seems otherwise OK.  I've had lyme and ehrlichiosis and my black lab had lyme after receiving the then new vaccine.  Both my tick borne bouts started with flu like symptoms but both responded quickly to doxy.   The lyme bullseye rash was there but the bite site was small and under my watch band. 

Ehrlichiosis affects you differently than lyme, as I found out when after visiting our primary care doc and being put on doxy, assuming lyme.   He did a blood test and by the time I got back home my ashen wife told me to listen to the urgent message from my doc saying get my butt down to CC Hosp since my white blood count was dangerously low.  The emergency room doc took out the rest of the tick from an inaccessible bite site and called in a young specialist who looked things over, conferred with a well known specialist in Boston and they concluded ehrlichiosis. The young Doc said doxy is the correct treatment for ehrlichiosis and to get my a-- out of the hospital as that was the worst place I could be with a compromised immune system.  In both cases I bounced back in a few days likely due to rapid treatment.  My chocolate lab has been on K9 Advantix since I got her and that, plus a shorter, sleeker coat has resulted in a total absence of biting nasties.  Bug spray and permethrin do the job for me-so far.

Be careful, there's more tick borne illnesses out there thanks to the influx of newbies like the lone star tick.

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20 hours ago, bdowning said:

So far only a couple that I brushed off a few weeks ago. Nothing since I've been wearing my permethrin treated outfit. I don't know if that's the difference, but it seems to be working.

 

As for protocol, if I find a tick and it's dug in good and engorged, I'll remove it and the doc will put me on three weeks of doxy regardless of how long it's been embedded. Bites without evidence of a tick causing it are trickier. If I'm sure that the tick wasn't on me more than 24 hrs, generally the dr will take a wait and see attitude with no treatment unless symptoms develop. If I see the tick and it is clearly a dog or wood tick, that's also wait and see.

 

 

I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but I’d at the very least, have a conversation with your doctor. Not much of what you described lines up with the typical protocol.

 

You’re at less of a risk if the tick hasn’t fallen off. Lyme disease is transmitted as the tick releases. So, in theory, if you pull the tick off, you’re good. Typically in this scenario, one dose of doxy is sufficient. If the tick has already fallen off, BUT it happened within the last 24 hours or so, then the same one dose of doxy is sufficient. IF you find what you believe is a tick bite, but don’t know when it fell off, time is of the essence. You don’t want to mess around in this scenario, and get on 30 days of doxy. 

 

Also, if I just found a tick bite and no tick, I’m not sure I would trust myself to estimate how long the thing was on me. Seeing that this is probably the most dangerous tick situation, it makes no sense to wait in this case, and see what happens.

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Disagree with ur conclusions about protocol but as usual i have zero interest or time in getting into arguments online. The good news is the permethrin seems to be a good first-line preventative measure. Otherwise,  signing out of this thread... :cool:

 

 

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28 mins ago, bdowning said:

Disagree with ur conclusions about protocol but as usual i have zero interest or time in getting into arguments online. The good news is the permethrin seems to be a good first-line preventative measure. Otherwise,  signing out of this thread... :cool:

 

 

Permethrin is great. Works like a charm.

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