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OyWithThePoodles has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

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CanIcallmymom has 4 years experience.

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7 minutes ago, OyWithThePoodles said:

Ok, y'all. I live in tick country. I've seen posts here and on other social media saying to put dawn dish soap on a cotton ball, rub it on the tick and it will magically just come off. 

NO. I've done this twice and both times the tick does not come off and actually seems to dig in further. Am I doing something wrong? I mean it seems idiot proof. Cotton ball. Dish soap. Rub. 

There are a bunch of methods out there. I personally clean it and use tweezers. 

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OyWithThePoodles has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

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1 minute ago, CanIcallmymom said:

There are a bunch of methods out there. I personally clean it and use tweezers. 

That is what I do, and have no problems, but I kept seeing that with the dish soap method "the tick just lets go", so I gave it a try, well, two tries. The second time the tick did not come out and when I tried to remove with tweezers the head came off. That has never ever happened before. I'm convinced the dish soap rubbing made it dig deeper. 

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CanIcallmymom has 4 years experience.

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1 minute ago, OyWithThePoodles said:

That is what I do, and have no problems, but I kept seeing that with the dish soap method "the tick just lets go", so I gave it a try, well, two tries. The second time the tick did not come out and when I tried to remove with tweezers the head came off. That has never ever happened before. I'm convinced the dish soap rubbing made it dig deeper. 

It probably did! I'll have to keep that in mind so hopefully I don't have that same problem.

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LikeTheDeadSea has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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1 minute ago, OyWithThePoodles said:

That is what I do, and have no problems, but I kept seeing that with the dish soap method "the tick just lets go", so I gave it a try, well, two tries. The second time the tick did not come out and when I tried to remove with tweezers the head came off. That has never ever happened before. I'm convinced the dish soap rubbing made it dig deeper. 

I avoid anything except the tweezer method. (Or tick removal device like the spoons).   I've read that anything that "agitates/irritates" the tick can make it regurgitate and that increases the risk of disease transmission.

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OyWithThePoodles has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med-surg, school nursing..

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19 minutes ago, CanIcallmymom said:

It probably did! I'll have to keep that in mind so hopefully I don't have that same problem.

 

18 minutes ago, LikeTheDeadSea said:

I avoid anything except the tweezer method. (Or tick removal device like the spoons).   I've read that anything that "agitates/irritates" the tick can make it regurgitate and that increases the risk of disease transmission.

Yuck. Needless to say I called mom to pick her up. Luckily I have a great rapport with my parents and there was no "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BABY!" I did suggest she take her to the doctor (even though I am not supposed to) but she said she would dig it out at home. 

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CampyCamp has 18 years experience as a RN.

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36 minutes ago, LikeTheDeadSea said:

I avoid anything except the tweezer method. (Or tick removal device like the spoons).   I've read that anything that "agitates/irritates" the tick can make it regurgitate and that increases the risk of disease transmission.

That's exactly the concern. It's discouraged by all the literature. I tell camp people all over the country that several times a summer. I have removed many, many dog and blacklegged ticks. I've had a couple not come out intact. Sometimes because a child did not notice until after it expired and dried out. I definitely tell the parent and recommend they keep an eye on it. Usually, it will get some small local inflammation and the immune system will reject it like a splinter, which is how they get noticed if they have died in situ. 

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BiscuitRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I walked past our preschool room and there's an unexpected petting zoo in the middle of the room.  

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20 minutes ago, BiscuitRN said:

I walked past our preschool room and there's an unexpected petting zoo in the middle of the room.  

I'd be furious. How dare they do that without inviting everyone! What kind of critters? I'm at the museum today. All the critters here are dead. None of them got any younger since last year!

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9 minutes ago, CampyCamp said:

I'd be furious. How dare they do that without inviting everyone! What kind of critters? I'm at the museum today. All the critters here are dead. None of them got any younger since last year!

I saw a chicken, a duck, a goat, a big turtle & some sort of marsupial looking creature.  And a fox--just had to lend out my lint roller to the staff member who held the fox.

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37 minutes ago, BiscuitRN said:

I saw a chicken, a duck, a goat, a big turtle & some sort of marsupial looking creature.  And a fox--just had to lend out my lint roller to the staff member who held the fox.

Awww. I love when I get to pet goats and I've never met a fox!

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It's finals week for my HS-ers. I've had two come in, IN THE MIDDLE OF EXAMS, asking for bandaids. One for a papercut, another for a scrape, incurred 2 days ago, on his arm which he asked to be "wrapped." No. Please return to your final. 

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