I've seen some really, really bad videos. Some American guy removing a tick from his leg when drunk (no, he did not do a good job) and some Australian guy removing a tick from his abdomen starting with spraying insect spray on the embedded tick.
As a reminder to those reading along: Do NOT spray or ignite ticks with insect spray and/or a flamethrower when removing them, especially while intoxicated on any substance.
Where was I? The videos. Right.
A lot were poorly lit and filmed so far from the bite area that it was out of focus - and others, while well-made with 3D animation of a tick in all of its glory - contained errors or missed important points.
I'm still looking for something better to post here. Until I get my own copy of Pixar studio software and can make my own tick removal animation, these will have to do - unless you're reading along and have found better examples.
Please feel free comment with links to the best tick removal videos you've found online and tell me why you think they are worthwhile. In the meantime, check out the two below, and pass them on to kids and adults alike.
This first one is an animated film from Canada.
It's simple and to the point, and aimed at children - but the advice and information given applies to adults, too.
Tick Talk - The Adventures of a Not-So-Super-Villian [Time: 3:30]
This second one is a short film from a woman in the UK who is close to someone with Lyme disease, and while the prices for items in her tick kit are in quid, her feedback about various tools is useful to hear.
Ticks - Human Survival Kit [Time: 2:23]
I went to many well-known informational Lyme disease web sites and have been surprised they did not have any video - animation or otherwise - showing the procedure for how to remove a tick, though they did provide pictures and instructional text.
As always, keep the following in mind when removing a tick:
- Do not burn or use any substance on tick
- Do not grasp, squeeze, or twist body of tick with tweezers (tick twister is an exception)
- Grasp tick close to the skin with tweezers
- Pull tick straight out
- Use antiseptic on skin
- Disinfect tweezers
- Wash hands thoroughly
- Always see a physician for possible diagnosis, testing, and treatment
- If desired, save tick to be tested at tick testing laboratory
In the United States, here are some well-known tick-testing labs:
IGeneX Labs, Palo Alto, CA: 800-832-3200
MDL, Mt. Laurel, NJ: 877-269-0090
NJ Labs, New Brunswick, NJ: 732-249-0148
If anyone would like to share their experience with getting their tick tested at any of the above labs or another lab, that would be appreciated.