Preventing Tick Bites

My husband for the last 2 years has taken my boys on a "Boys Weekend" trip with a bunch of other men and their boys. Great. The problem is my youngest got a tick bite last year in his neck. His lymph nodes were swollen huge all summer, and are still swollen even after tons of antibiotics and blood drawn to rule out Lyme disease.

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Well, they are going this year again, and I guess the place they are going, in the woods in upper Michigan, is totally infested with the little buggers and I am freaked out about my son getting bit again. What can I make my husband use, to protect him from getting bit again this year. Luckily, out of about 20 people my oldest did not get a tick on him, but everyone else did. Worried mom. Boys still want to go. Any help on how to not get tick bites?

Lisa from Westland

May 31, 20070 found this helpful

I use Avon's Skin so Soft bug gaurd products.

Go to www.avon.com or find a dealer near you.

This stuff really is great and doesn't smell bad.

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

Get some Deep Woods OFF and apply it. That works!

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

be vigilant when they return. I've had MS for 27 years--and learned that I also had Lymes. After 15 months of 1 gm. rocephin shots daily, I'm lyme free. If we had known more when my family was camping along the east coast and Michigan perhaps I wouldn't have permanent damage.

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

No suggestions. Wishing your family good luck and good protection.

I'd be worried, too.

Can you come up with an alternative location and present a united front with the other wives?

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

Good luck. The paper this week said ticks are bad this year. I'm sure you know the basics - wear long sleeves and long pants and shoes and socks (yuck) and check your body thoroughly for the little things when you've been outside. Pull them off carefully - no burning cigarettes, no nail polish, no alcohol - just pull off slowly.

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June 1, 20070 found this helpful

Please, Please! Do not pull ticks off. If you get ticks on you, cover them with Dawn Liquid Dishsoap.

They will back out on their own, as they can not breathe with the soap covering them. You can put

Bounce Dryer Sheets in the pockets of your pants and in your socks and it will keep away some bugs.

I don't know about ticks, but worth a try. Must be Bounce Brand.

Pat in GA

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June 2, 20070 found this helpful

Avon has a couple good bug repellants ( one with no DEET ), but OFF Deep Woods with DEET is great also.

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June 2, 20070 found this helpful

Deep Woods OFF will keep the ticks off( as well as mosquitos and flies and gnats). I know that it has DEET in it, but it really is safe for humans. (go to DEETonline.org). The biggest problem with DEET is that it could cause a rash in some people, this is resolved by washing the area. Anyway, spray over clothing and all exposed areas. Have them spray each other, and make sure they cover thier faces with thier hands, then spray some in the palms of the hands and use that to apply to the face, do this to avoid getting it into the eyes. Deep woods OFF has the most DEET in it so it lasts the longest( thats the way it works, more DEET = longer coverage). I would spray every morning and every night. Good Luck!

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June 2, 20070 found this helpful

My niece sent this to me: She lives in tick area...A School Nurse has written the info below -- good enough to share -- And It really works!! I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a Tick. This is great, because it works

in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get To with tweezers:

between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, Etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and let it stay on the repulsive insect for a few seconds (15-20), after, watch, the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball then you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way.

I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It Worked!" Please pass on; everyone needs this helpful hint.

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June 3, 20070 found this helpful

my daughter got bit by a tick and took antibiotics which didnt seem to help and i gave colloidial silver. it is silver suspended in water. they used this before anti biotics came into being. i use it for almost everything. it is called a natural antibiotic. just look it up in your search engine. it cleared her lyme disease up right away. works wonders and is 100% safe. pab

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June 4, 20070 found this helpful

Unfortunately, if you go into an area that has ticks, you take a chance on getting them on you. There is NO way to prevent it. Contrary to popular belief, DEET is dangerous, especially to children whose immune and neurological systems have not fully develpoed yet. Kids often touch themselves (like to scratch their arm or swat a mosquito), then will later touch something else (like their shirt) to transfer the spray. Later when they're eating, they'll often get some in their mouth inadvertently. Adults can easily do this too. And make no mistake about it, pesticides were originally developed to use as "germ warfare" during wars. They are now diluted and sold as pesticides, and can be dangerous. This is why as time goes on, more and more are being taken off the market. My husband has a type of nontreatable leukemia that was caused by environmental substances that were supposedly safe.

The newest information about ticks says not to cover them with anything (nail polish, oil, soap. etc) that is meant to smother them. It is known that ticks needed to breathe, and covering them will force them to release. Apparently when you do this, they release more of their saliva into your body (since they are unable to breathe), giving greater irritation or a greater possibility of Lyme disease. It's best to pull with tweezers.

And just for the record, false negatives are often given in blood tests for Lyme disease, leaving infected individuals to not be properly treated.

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June 4, 20070 found this helpful

If your son 's lymph nodes are still swollen, you need to have a biopsy. Find someone in the medical community who will take this seriously. Lymph nodes that become swollen and remain irritated can indicate a more serious condition. Due to poor care in the military, my daughters lymph nodes were swollen for nearly two years before a biopsy was done. She had Hodgkins which is a type of cancer. I don't want to cause you more worry, Insist on finding out why they are still swollen.

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June 23, 20070 found this helpful

In response to the deet being poisonous, alot of people confuse deet with ddt. Deet is a repellent and DDT is an insecticide. Here is a health report about it written by a doctor:

http://www.healthcaresouth.com/pages/askthedoctor/deet2005.htm

Pleas read this. Ticks are dangerous and so are mosquitos. They carry diseases that can kill you or your child.

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