From Mrs. Braithwaite
School Nurse Old Farmers Road School
Some Tick Talk :
*New Jersey has one of the highest rates of Lyme Disease (tick-borne illnesses).
*All ticks can transmit Lyme Disease (not necessarily limited to deer ticks).
*Increased incidence of Lyme Disease is partially attributed to the population explosion
in the rural areas.
*Keep wood and brush away from your house. Stone walls attract small rodents which
can also carry ticks. Bird feeders also increase the incidence of ticks.
*Avoid having your pets on furniture and sleeping with the family.
Ticks can travel from your furry animal onto the skin of your family.
*Avoid tick infested areas and sitting directly on the ground. Use EPA approved
*Frequent tick checks are probably your best protection from tick-borne illnesses.
Removing ticks before they adhere to the skin, prevents the transmission of
*Remember to protect (repellent) and check pets too!
*Teach children to seek adult help for tick removal.
*Squeezing the body of the tick can actually increase the chance of transmitting
infectious material into the person who is bit by the tick.
*Improper removal can increase the chances of infectious transmission of tick fluids and
thus developing Lyme Disease and related tick-borne illnesses. Never put substances
on the tick such as soap or other substances.
*Use a fine point tweezer and grasp tick mouth parts (place of attachment—as close to the skin as possible). Remove the tick with a steady pull away from the skin. Use a steady pressure and gently pull the tick straight out. Never squeeze, twist, or yank the body of a tick. Never put substances or fluids on the tick.
*If you save the tick for testing, place it in a sealed plastic bag with a moistened (water)
cotton ball. If a tick is positive, a course of antibiotics is indicated---see the doctor.
*Tick testing labs include:
- IgeneX Labs, Palo Alto, CA (800) 832-3200
- MDL, Mt. Laurel, NJ (877) 269-0090
- NJ Labs, New Brunswick, NJ (732) 249-0148
*Some Lyme literate specialists feel that testing ticks may not always be 100% accurate.
*Wash hands thoroughly.
*If discarding tick, wrap in toilet tissue and flush into toilet.
*Don’t touch tick with bare hands.
*Clean area of the tick bite with an antiseptic and apply antibiotic ointment.
*Contact your doctor.
*Mark your calendar on the day of the tick removal.
*Be alert that some reports and researchers state that less than 40% of people develop
a rash (bulls-eye) after a tick bite.
*Many rashes that do develop after exposure to infectious tick bites may not present as
the “classical bulls-eye” rash. You may see a solid red rash – possibly 3” diameter or
larger, and may be smaller, too. Consult your medical professional as needed.
*Some people with dark skin may have a “bruise-like” appearance when developing a
*New research supports 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy for Lyme Disease. Other tick-
borne illnesses may also be transmitted from one tick bite. They include ehrlichiosis,
bartonella, and babesiosis. Ask your doctor about these other diseases. They
should be assessed and treated promptly.
*Taking advantage of the “window of opportunity” for treatment of Lyme Disease can mean
the difference between wellness and illness and the avoidance of an unknown course of
*It may be advisable to treat tick bites when there is:
- a large rash or bulls-eye rash
- an engorged tick upon removal
- tick bite in an endemic area with high incidence of lyme and tick-borne illness
- history of immune-suppressed state of health
If fever or flu-like illness develops within 4 weeks after a known tick bite, consider treatment for Lyme Disease! Flu-like symptoms include fatigue, malaise, achy, fever, headache, swollen glands or joints, and chills.
Other tick-borne diseases are Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella. Ask your doctor to check for these other infections that may be transmitted along with Lyme.
Log onto www.lymediseaseassociation.org for more information and other websites.
Above information taken from various Lyme Disease Publications/Pamphlets.
The Lyme Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month except for the month of December.
We meet at 7pm (till about 9pm) at The Zion Lutheran Church in Long Valley near the corners of Schooley’s Mountain Rd. West Mill Rd.
This is an informal and friendly group and we offer support, information, education, and resources.
Tick illness can be misdiagnosed and undertreated, so education is key to prevention and wellness.
My contact information is 908-876-3865 x2 and 908-963-0257…Please leave a message if I don’t get to the phone immediately.