1. Promptly remove with tweezers or tick spoon. Pull the tick out perpendicularly to the skin. Do not aggravate the tick. Pull gently and swiftly. Do not apply Vaseline or any other agent (including lighting it on fire) prior to removal. However, you may apply some antibacterial ointment to the area after removal.
2. Take homeopathic Ledum 1M if embedded and you can’t get the head out.
3. If you have identified it as a female deer tick, send it to UMASS for testing. www.tickreport.com They will test for a number of tick born illnesses, depending on the panel you choose. Turn around time is 24-48 hours, usually. The testing is very accurate.
4. While you await the results of the testing, we recommend starting on an herbal protocol. THOUGH if you get a rash, fever, stiff neck/joints, headache etc, begin antibiotics treatment right away. Doxycycline (not for kids under seven years old) 100 mg 2x/day. There is now evidence to suggest that the preventive, one-day course of doxycycline is not effective. * If the tick comes back positive, we recommend continuing treatment for at least 6 weeks.
5. Get yourself tested (western blot), 4-6 weeks after initial tick bite, though is you have been on antibiotics, then the test may come back falsely negative.
We do have a Lyme prevention protocol available if you are interested. It is a tincture and homeopathic. Good for kids and pets too.
*For references please see Dr. Betty Malone’s work on the prophylactic doses and duration of antibiotics
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