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  1. #46
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    What would be too late for that long round of antibiotics? Most of my tick bites stay looking bad for about a month.
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  2. #47
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    Very good article indeed, I used to Manage an Emergency room seen a few of these. Responses from the above posts are very well written...always look beyond the Obvious text book...very serious stuff.
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  3. #48
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    Priv8ear

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    Knock on wood, I've got a great immune system and seldom ever get a cold or virus. I'm positive I've had a tick-borne virus at least twice. The first time I got Bell's Palsy and the second time cellulitis. For those who don't know, it's a pre-cursor for flesh eating virus. I don't know what physiological changes they do to your system but, now, every time I get a new bite every bite I've ever had lights up like crazy. A man in my home town was bitten by a lone star tick. He regained his strength after a long fight but can no longer eat red meat. No beef, no venison, no lamb, no goat or bear even!

    When I was a kid we crawled through the tall fescue playing war or sometimes just to see if we could spot the Bob Whites nesting. We ran into box turtles, salamanders, strawberries deer tracks and the occasional yellow jacket's nest but hardly ever a tic. Now the Bob Whites are gone and the ticks are rampant.

    My best defense is to cover up. I wear either gum boots or WWII leggings. A long sleeve shirt a bandana scarf and hat with side curtains. I will only use "Off" on my outer garments and boots. Another defense is thermal underwear. It will protect you from the heat as well as the cold!

    Best wishes!
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  4. #49
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    Quote Originally Posted by LI Tom View Post
    I don't get your drift here.Are you saying that Lyme and other tick diseases are BS or the treatments available are? This is one very serious issue.










    are not
    I am saying that our current technologies, Lyme shouldn't be an issue anymore. But there is no money to be made to fix it so people suffer.
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  5. #50
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    On another health note, A tetanus shot every ten years is advisable also. We don't hear much of tetanus anymore but why be the one to bring it back to the limelite. Digging in soil we all know contains many many sharp objects to cut your hands.
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  6. #51
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    Ok here's the tricks for staying healthy. Either use Cutter's Backwoods or Rapell (either one of them.) Before putting on your clothes, spray your socks, and pants and long sleeve shirt. Let them dry and then put them on. The spray is in the cloth, you can't sweat it off. You can tuck your pant cuffs into the top of your socks if you want to. No chiggers, Ticks, Skitters. or Horse Flies!
    Second Heat Exaustion is lack of Water! Heat Stroke is lack of Salt! Heat Exaustion Takes 2-4 days depending on how hot with Humidity. Heat Stroke is 2-4 HOURS for Death! Grab a couple Salt packets from your favorite fast food joint and carry them. If you start to feel dizzy, sick to your stomach, open one and pour it into the palm of your hand. Lick it ONCE! If it tastes Salty, spit it out. That is not the problem. If you can't taste the salt you needed a little, the next lick will be Salty, spit it out and stop. It your first thought is, "I must have gotten the Sugar", Keep licking! You were about to go into Heat Stroke. I learned this growing up in Arizona from my dad. Tried it every time I came home from hunting Jack Rabbits and Doves for a year and it was always salty for a year. Then I came home grabbed the Salt Shaker and lick my palm and the first thought was,"Woff, Momma put sugar in the Salt Shaker!" True story, during the summer have a couple of the salt packets in the car and then carry one in the field. The News always talk about Drinking water, but won't talk about Salt, because that can raise your Blood Pressure. Idiots! If it tastes salty, spit it out. Be Safe and have fun.

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    Thank for sharing.Figure this Article ought to be Pinned to the Top here given it's an incredibly genuine risk to Us Treasure Hunters here.
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    Very important information, thanks a lot.
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    If you find a tick biting you, try to twist it off anti-clockwise, rather than just pulling it out (which risks leaving the mandibles, which carry the infection, in you). They like to gorge themselves full of your blood (carrying a sac which can be up to a cm long when full), so if they are attached to you, they're quite easy to spot (and kill).
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    Here’s help recognizing these little varmits.

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    great post by everyone. I'm pushing 75 yrs old, still very active. I am and always have been in the mountains, woods and fields, hunting herbs, animals, gold, and what ever beeps in my ears
    at age 49 I had an stroke, DOA. woke up on way to cold storage, wife was in the chapel and they had just told her , "we're sorry, we did all we could do." flew me to a larger hospital, 2 years and I walked outta the woods again.
    What I'm getting at is; 3 years before this happened my joints hurt 24/7. could not hold a pencil to write, hated to shake hands, took pain meds, got tested for everything including lyme disease which they thought I had,,,nothing.After the stroke BINGO, nothing, I felt great..perplexed the docs, no reason for the pain leaving. Bless you guys that get the lyme, I can understand your pain..sang, baking soda, apple cider vinegar..helps me a lot...not saying have a stroke and get cured, but strange things Happen
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  13. #58
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    Quote Originally Posted by metrotec View Post
    great post by everyone. I'm pushing 75 yrs old, still very active. I am and always have been in the mountains, woods and fields, hunting herbs, animals, gold, and what ever beeps in my ears
    at age 49 I had an stroke, DOA. woke up on way to cold storage, wife was in the chapel and they had just told her , "we're sorry, we did all we could do." flew me to a larger hospital, 2 years and I walked outta the woods again.
    What I'm getting at is; 3 years before this happened my joints hurt 24/7. could not hold a pencil to write, hated to shake hands, took pain meds, got tested for everything including lyme disease which they thought I had,,,nothing.After the stroke BINGO, nothing, I felt great..perplexed the docs, no reason for the pain leaving. Bless you guys that get the lyme, I can understand your pain..sang, baking soda, apple cider vinegar..helps me a lot...not saying have a stroke and get cured, but strange things Happen
    Wow! That is awesome!


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  14. #59
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    Don't take a chance with your health!

    The only way to cut your chances of Lyme's and other insect-bourne illnesses to ZERO is to Prevent them from biting - after the fact is too late and chancy at best. And it's EASY if you do it right.

    I spend a LOT of time in the woods and swamps for a living, regardless of the conditions. And I hate bugs; mosquitoes and black flies are my particular unfavorites. I usually don't get many ticks for some reason, but I understand getting up at 3 AM feeling a tick crawling on you. Makes it hard to get back to sleep. And some are attractive to them. I used to wonder what chiggers were, but after a run in with these little buggers that lasted a week, a head-to-toe rash and midnight visit to the ER to treat the anaphylactic shock overload of scores of bites, I've added them to my "bad bug" list.

    I have tried everything you can imagine on bugs, but the very best thing I have found so far is Permethrin. Read their fact sheet. Used on your clothes, it KILLS insects, spiders, and chiggers. I've never had one bite through it, even when the skeeters were voracious. They land, they die. Ticks too. Once they are exposed to Permethrin, they are goners, and just drop off dead before you know they're there. I spray my hair and that seems to work there (they advertise it for dogs), not even getting bitten by horse flies.

    According to the National Pesticide Information Center, if you put it on your skin, it metabolizes (degrades) rapidly, losing effectiveness. I find about 20 minutes or so. So on exposed skin, I use DEET, but I don't like it. Use gloves and a net instead. Too much DEET makes my skin "crawl", and anything that melts plastic pencils is not good for you. When mosquitoes are really bad, I've had to respray as often as every 10 minutes with 100% DEET. DEET doesn't kill pests, it works by "confusing" them, and I find that's not all the time. When Duke University was testing Permethrin, they had to actually move the swamp testing areas often since it killed so many that they seriously depleted the local populations of insects.

    So, limit your exposed skin by using clothing, gloves, and a net that you can use Permethrin on. Tuck your pants into your socks.

    After watching others suffer, I am amused by "housewife" remedies like Skin so Soft, vitamin B, garlic (I love the stuff, and eat whole cloves of it). They may have a little effectiveness when the bugs are on "lazy", but I've noticed when I'm in the deep woods and the hordes are vicious, there is a distinct lack of housewives.

    Don't take a chance on ending up like some of the horror stories on here, do it right with Permethrin. The US military treats their uniforms with it, and it lasts for a couple of weeks and even after laundering since it doesn't mix well with water.

    Be well and happy instead!
    Last edited by Bum Luck; Feb 07, 2020 at 11:19 AM.
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    I had read your article.Thanks a lot for your information.
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