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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.
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
I use Avon's Skin so Soft bug gaurd products.
Go to www.avon.com or find a dealer near you.
Get some Deep Woods OFF and apply it. That works!
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.
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?
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.
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
Avon has a couple good bug repellants ( one with no DEET ), but OFF Deep Woods with DEET is great also.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I went to the Dr. today because I broke out with red marks on my arms, neck and head. They look like a mosquito bite but she said it was from a tick. They seem to ooze from the middle too. She told me it isn't Lyme disease.
I have about 20 on my scalp and maybe 15 on my arms and neck. She said it could have gotten in my bloodstream and that is why it is spreading. I am on medicine now and some cream to stop the itching. Has anyone ever hear of more than one mark from a tick bite? Thanks.
By Sandi from IL
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