Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: FA Kits/Ticks
Re: FA Kits/Ticks
NORMAN M COHN
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 00:55:03 EDT
Norm Cohn responds: I tried to hold off but it's going too far.
On Thu, 10 Jun 1999 14:13:32 -0600 Jim Peterson
>Jan wrote in response to Ginny's request for what a summer camp FA kit
>Ginny: I just go by what is suggested in the Boy Scout Handbook or the
>>First Aid Merit Badge for what to include in a first aid kit. And if
>>mean by "tick extracter" a pair of pointy tweezers, it will do double
>>for splinters if you get the narrow points. Slant points are OK and
>>cheaper, but for a kit get narrow points.
>Hi Jan and Scoutellers!
>I hope some of the med types will chime in here. I wouldn't recommend
>type of instrument that grabs the tick by the body (not that you did).
> But most tweezers aren't designed to do much else. As I have been
>this method of removing the tick virtually makes the tick a syringe,
>emptying the body fluid of the tick into the bite victim. Not good. I
>have personally found that one of the best methods of removing ticks is
>use your good ol' sharp pocket knife and simply "scrape" the tick off.
>your knife is sharp, this catches the tick right at the point of skin
>and pulls him out, head-first.
**********NMC Nah! If your knife is sharp and you try to
"scrape" the Tick off, you'll only succeed in cutting off the MOUTH PARTS
and leave it in the skin to "Rot and Fester".
Ticks Don't bite, like a dog or snake. The grab on and, eventually, do
A Tick, usually walks across you with "Hiking Boots" on. I call this a
"Tick Itch" and seldom don't feel the "beastie" looking for a "Select
Campsite" on me before He or She or It settles down for the Long Feed.
Picking this "Hiker" off of my skin (or anyone elses) or even from
clothes if I notice it can be accomplished with those tweezers when you
locate them. The knife blade could be used as a ramp and when the Tick
gets on, you drop it onto a "Cutting Board" and separate its Mouth Parts
from the rest of the Crittur--much like "The Highlander".
BUT if the Beastie has gotten hold of you (anyone) before you discover
the "Guest", a "GENTLE" pinching motion will back the crittur out, whole,
for its decapitation, elsewhere. If the Tick has been on you for a period
of time, it'll have a piece of Skin Scale hanging from its mouth. Don't
Worry! You'll Antisepticize the excavation, anyway!!
Look up Ticks in you area and know that The 1/8 to 3/16 inch with a
"hood" is a male and the same size with, seeming striped back is a "Seed"
and the, typically, "humongous" bodied Tick IS the Momma, Gorged. (Squish
her and be covered with Blood!) The "LITTLE GUY, about 1/16 to 3/32 inch
FITS THE DEER TICK SPECIFICATION!
They don't bite back nor bite while on the run BUT CHECK OFTEN,
ESPECIALLY BEFORE RETIRING AND UPON AWAKENING!
(This DEFINITELY works on the EAST COAST!)
>Other "old tyme" methods such as using oil
>substances or alcohol to get the tick to release can result in the tick
>"vomiting" into the victim....again, not good.
>BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good
>BS RT Comm, Pelathe Dist
>Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
>ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
>email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mic-O-Say: HW "Shieldmaker"
Norman & June COHN "email@example.com"