On the Devon / Dorset border? Well, that would be Lyme Bay, Mole!
I've used the tick-twister to remove a tick from a friend - worked a treat.
passed me by Kate! (must be bedtime)
never tied a tick twister - I've nearly always managed to twist ticks out ok (probly had over 100 since childhood) with my finger/thumb nails, but my OH uses a loop of cotton or a strand of string twisted around the tick's 'neck'to pull them out - (sucessfully every time too)
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talking to a friend last week - she had (verified and treated) Lymes disease last year from a tick bite which she got on the coast path on the Devon/Dorset border - so not just the hills....
yup - my verified and treated lymes (year before last) was from a devon tick, and not even up on the limited heights of dartmoor either, but in the valley.
i think walkers are quite aware - but GPs are emphatically not! i ended up at the fantastically helpful lupus centre in london because three successive GPs went "what...? eh...? er...? come back in six months...".
My friend whose tick I removed last year went to the GP just in case. GP informed her that UK ticks didn't carry Lyme disease. er... yeah.
I do wish the BMA would circulate GPs, or hit them on the head with some information.
the third one i went to said hang on... while he looked it up in the book... and then said i didn't have it because i lived in london
devon GPs are much more aware, obviously, since they see more potential cases.
My GP surgery had Tick Awareness posters and leaflets last year.
It lists sites of additional information:
Disease and prevention: www.tickalert.org - they produce the leaflet - could ask your GP surgery to order some?
Lyme: www.bada-uk.org & www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk
I agree, it seems that GPs in potentially affected areas are more aware.
Tick Bite Prevention Week
Sorry for not posting the link....my brain is in forum smush mode! Thanks for doing it Captain Paranoia. We also have our normal site
I did notice someone removing ticks with fingers.....have to say this is not a good way to remove them...my hubby did that for years and ended up getting Lyme, it took him ten years to get diagnosed....so now he can no longer mountain climb, ice climb mountain bike etc..He was also an operational Fireman, now he has a desk job....it is a horrendous disease but is easily treated if caught early. Below is the link on how to safely remove ticks...
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Sorry for not posting the link....my brain is in forum smush mode! Thanks for doing it Captain Paranoia. We also have our normal site www.bada-uk.org I did notice someone removing ticks with fingers.....have to say this is not a good way to remove them...my hubby did that for years and ended up getting Lyme, it took him ten years to get diagnosed....so now he can no longer mountain climb, ice climb mountain bike etc..He was also an operational Fireman, now he has a desk job....it is a horrendous disease but is easily treated if caught early. Below is the link on how to safely remove ticks...http://www.tickbitepreventionweek.org/tick-removal.html
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So much disinformation out there is beggers belief. Scabies is about as about as rare as commercial breaks on sky tv, can't get lymes in UK.. what !!! I've done first aid training like 10 times and every time they tell you a different way of doing cpr, waiting for the day they tell you the best way to get someone breathing again is to smash um in the face or boot them in the bollocks.
If like my Doctor, they knew nothing about tick bites, insist they look up about it.
Thankfully, I've never got Lyme's, etc. but I had loads of tick bites.
I would not leave my doctor's until he looked into the dangers of tick bites.
Because I wouldn't give up, he looked into it. He has now rescearched all about ticks and informed the rest of the Doctors in the practice.
Re, DPA. Are Doctors, etc. allowed to download the information on BADA site?
With regard to the professional information?
I'd like to get my Doctor to look at it, as since I informed him about ticks and what can be caught off them. He wants to know as much as he can.
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