Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 1 Aug 1995 10:18:40 EST
I've not been bothered by chiggers on any camping trips I've taken in
the Virginia woods (maybe I've just been lucky), but ticks are another
matter. I found several on me during my recent Lenhok'sin trip, and
I'm told that ticks are particularly bad in Virginia this year.
Anyway, the tried and true method I've always used to get them off me
when attached is to strike a match, blow it out, and then touch the
tick's body with the match-head while it's still hot. The pain
immediately causes the tick to let go, then you dispatch it and treat
the bite like any other insect bite. I've found this to be an
infallible method, and I've never had any problems or complications
from using it.
On a recent camping trip, however, I told a boy about this method of
getting rid of a tick, and another ASM told me this was no longer
considered the way to do it. She said the nail polish method was much
better. Well...okay, but IMHO, your average boy scout is a lot
likelier to have matches with him in the back country than clear nail
polish, for heaven's sake (at least I hope so)!
How about some comment on this from the MDs or wilderness medicine
specialists on our fine list?
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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