TO ALL DIGGERS: THIS IS IMPORTANT HEALTH-WISE –> PLEASE READ!

Electricbutter

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Great topic! Also remember TOXIC CATERPILLARS! I got into something nasty a while back that gave me a rash that spread all over my body kinda looked like poison ivy but burned and felt like a million ants were devouring me from the inside out. I remember seeing a white fluffy caterpillar while digging in the woods a few days before the rash showed up but I’m not certain that’s where it came from. Also I’ve learned how to identify poison ivy,sumac and oak when dormant because you can still get into some trouble digging into the roots of this plants.

The caterpillars prefer hickory trees, but they can also be found on oak, maple, ash and other shrub and trees.Unlike wasps or bees, caterpillars do not sting intentionally. However, the hairs, such as those in the hickory tussock moth caterpillar, are actually hollow tubes that contain poison. The venom is released on contact. Someone recommended removing the hairs with a lint roller or tape because brushing the hairs off will break them and spread the toxin over your skin.
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rjw4law

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I have been in a lot of areas, luckily been spared from ticks. Always take deep woods OFF.
 

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Damn ticks... always trying to steal my rum from my blood.
 

albert2911

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We have big problems at the moment with Ticks ! :-(
We had a mild winter and now we have really big problems with so many Ticks.
Can´t go metal detecting at the moment :-(

Albert
By the way ... here´s my new page ;-)

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Great post! Also, "trigger finger", I guess rather rare, but I got it on the thumb I use for the pinpoint button on my detector. I can't confirm it's because of that, as I use that thumb for everything from loading magazines to bush craft work a lot to as well as at my work, but the timing is rather interesting. I don't have any health issues that would cause it either, so, it's some repetative motion I was doing. Same thing with bottom of my foot with driving a stick, all checked out fine and started right after driving a stick truck.

Around this time last year, I went on 2 nights overnight bug out camping and got like 30 ticks! This with deep woods off and sleeping above ground! I survived, but man, it was insane! From what I was told, is that in Florida it's not too common of disease here, but more up North like N. Carolina and beyond etc.
 

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I contracted Lyme in 2014 in a state that "didn't have Lyme". I did not have the bullseye rash, rather my entire leg broke out in a severe rash I initially chalked up to poison ivy and took a Z-Pack to get rid of. In February of 2015 I finally went to the doctor for naggin URI symptoms and what I thought was an enlarged prostate (turned out to be swollen glands from Lyme). The Dr didn't want to test for lyme but I insisted. CVame back positive and after 4 months of Doxy I was better. None of my panels have shown Lyme since 2016.

Make your Dr listen to you. Insist on the blood panel if you think you're positive. And mash every one of those parasites with a grin.
 

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Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease - Martha's Vineyard Times





“Sudden-onset dementia should really be a red flag for Lyme [disease], especially in people with compromised immune systems,” she said.




The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours to inject the bacteria is completely outdated,” she said. “There are studies that show that an attachment of 15 minutes can give you anaplasmosis,10 minutes for the Powassan virus, and for the different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, we have no idea.”



She also said the two-day course of doxycycline, often prescribed for people who find a tick embedded on their body, has little or no prophylactic value. “It should be 100 to 200 milligrams of doxycycline twice a day for 20 days, regardless of the time of engorgement,” she said. “It is not a two-day thing.”
Great info. Thanks for sharing this. People don’t take ticks seriously.
 

Jornweick

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Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease - Martha's Vineyard Times





“Sudden-onset dementia should really be a red flag for Lyme [disease], especially in people with compromised immune systems,” she said.




The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours to inject the bacteria is completely outdated,” she said. “There are studies that show that an attachment of 15 minutes can give you anaplasmosis,10 minutes for the Powassan virus, and for the different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, we have no idea.”



She also said the two-day course of doxycycline, often prescribed for people who find a tick embedded on their body, has little or no prophylactic value. “It should be 100 to 200 milligrams of doxycycline twice a day for 20 days, regardless of the time of engorgement,” she said. “It is not a two-day thing.”
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