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 Post subject: Ticks Removal Tick Pictures & Testing & Send to Igenex
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Ticks Removal, Tick Pictures & Testing & Send to Igenex

Save all ticks removed!! Put them in a small jar or ziplock bag. Send them (without fail) to Igenex for disease testing. Contact Igenex ( click contact link )for proper "tick" form to fill out and cost (currently $605/per disease/co-infection). This will save YOU testing if you develop symptoms and money an Igenex blood test for LD and all co-infections is around $900 if you have Medicare this is the only insurance they will bill) It is important to know that most ticks that carry Lyme also carry co-infections, it is very wise to have the tick tested for ALL tick borne diseases. Also, a tick can carry co-infections that will make you very sick and might not carry lyme! Don't overlook anything! Igenex will test the tick for all tick borne diseases as per your request and paymenet. It is very important to then see a Lyme literate Md and show him the results. If you must wait see your primary tell him you have been bitten and INSIST on antibiotics immediately. Don't wait for the results, get on antibiotics - first line choice for starting treatment is to use Doxycyline 400mg per day for a minimum of 6-8 weeks or longer if symptoms are present. If under treated, you can have severe, painful relapse - even many years later. If you are symptomatic, you will need longer term treatment until symptom-free.
Call first by visiting their website, click the contact link then send to:
IGeneX, Inc.
795 San Antonio Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Tick Removal Tool: ... re=related
(Notice the size and how small ticks can be)
Recommendations by the Lyme Disease Association:

Tick Removal Procedures Do's and Dont's
• Do not burn or use any substance on tick
• Do not grasp, squeeze, or twist body of tick
• 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, can save tick to be tested at tick testing laboratory

Some examples of 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
Information regarding ticks
Contrary to common belief, ticks don’t fly, jump. Instead they inhabit shrubby undergrowth and meter-high vegetation, live under leaves and logs, they use heat and carbon dioxide sensors to detect when an animal or human brushes past against the leaves. From there, they can easily transfer themselves onto clothing or skin.

Ticks are arachnids (of the spider family) that literally live in dirt and drink the blood of wild animals.

The lifecycle of a tick is approximately two years, and includes three blood meals in the spring. The adult female tick releases her eggs, which hatch six-legged larvae during the summer, and the larvae stage lasts approximately two days. They enter a dormant phase in the fall weather. The ticks molt in the spring, and they enter their second phase as an eight-legged nymph, which is approximately the size of a numeral of the year on a penny. They also take a blood meal, which lasts 2-3 days, and then they molt. In the fall, you have the adult tick. Hence you have the lifecycle of the tick.

All ticks can carry Lyme Disease and other deadly bacteria. It is FALSE that only the Deer Tick is a carrier of Ld. Brown dog ticks, Western blacklegged ticks, deer ticks and more are all carriers. All species can carry Lyme and for that matter any blood sucking insect can carrry lyme including mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies and more.

Ticks are everywhere, they have been found in all 50 states. They like cool areas, under leaf litter, around logs, grass, bushes - you name it. They live in high grass found in fields and low cut grass such as your back yard. Some will burrow into the ground surviving winters even snow, they are extremely tough. To help you recognize a tick, below is a small sampling of pictures.

If you pull a tick off yourself or someone else even your dog, you can have that tick tested for disease at Igenex tick borne specialty lab. call them and ask how they prefer you handle the tick. In the meantime keep the tick in a jar with a lid or even a zip lock bag.

There is a specific way to pull ticks off if they have burrowed under the skin of a human or pet and you must be careful to remove the entire tick by pulling it straight out with the head attached using tweezers. Never use a match or vaseline. Have someone help you for hard to reach areas.

More on Tick Removal


Ignore the old wives' tales that advocate using gasoline or nail polish to remove a tick, covering the tick with oil or holding burning matches up to the embedded tick. These methods are not recommended.

1)Hold (or have the other person hold) a pair of tweezers in one hand and grasp the tick with the tweezers close to the surface of your skin. Also avoid grabbing the body of the tick with your fingers and trying to pull it out. This method may cause you to leave some parts of the tick under your skin and will also expose your hands to any disease the tick is carrying.

2)Gently but firmly pull the tick straight out, working for several seconds if necessary until it loosens and comes free. Occasionally, parts of the tick's mouth become separated from the rest of the tick; if they do, pull them out separately.

3). It is wise to always save the tick that you just removed. Put it in a jar, ziplock bag something safe where it cannot escape. Your doctor in most cases will not care or know what to do with the tick. You can show it to him to prove you were bitten,it likely will mean very little. So after allowing your MD to see it, make sure to get it back and send it to Igenex for testing, call them to ask how:

4). Clean the bite site thoroughly with soap and water or Betadine, and thoroughly wash your hands.


Tick facts:

Ticks do not jump or fly they crawl. They will climb to the top of blades of grass and wait for a "host" to walk by and attach themselves. They can also climb trees (even some will argue this, I don't take a chance) and can fall out of trees onto your head or upper body. They like wood, they like leaf litter, they like cool damp weather and places to hide. The hate heat and sunlight. They also will climb the body up to 20 minutes before they attach to the skin. There is a theory that the higher on the body you are bitten the more neurological symptoms you will have.

Ticks attach on you as you walk through or sit on grass (even backyard gras cut low) or low-growing vegetation.

There are more than 200 kinds of ticks in the United States, and they are at their most active in spring and summer in many areas. Also, many areas such as California where there are no temperature extremes, they can be active all year.

Ticks are extremely tough surving even washing and drying!

Using preventive measures should be your first defense against ticks. (See our link for prevention: ... =1343#1343 )

Tick Pictures

Shows nymph and adult: ... 9CEC4C8CB6

Deer tick: ... 0Nymph.jpg &

Western blacklegged tick: ... rnTick.jpg

Brown dog tick:

American dog tick:

Lone star tick: ... ge2%7D.gif

More photos: ... Ticks.html

Size comparison chart: ... er4_12.jpg

The pictures below are of a nymph's - this tick is capable of making you chronically ill, disabling you and could even in rare cases kill you if treatment is not received. Problem is, would you notice this if it were on your scalp or backside somewhere or even in plain view?:

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nymph on thumb.gif [ 25.24 KiB | Viewed 7174 times ]

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