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05/24/2009 09:44 PM

Imbedded tick in scalp?

ORNURSE
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Does anyone know if a tick that has bitten or embedded in the scalp can leave a sharp long thing attatched to it? My husband has this lesion on the back of his scalp that is about 1cm round with a sharp thing coming out of it. I have an appt for him to see his pcp but I am afraid he will just blow it off as something else. This has been there for a few months. When we tried to pull it out it started to bleed. i am really worried.

I read that when a tick bites you if you don't pull it off right the long piece in it's mouth can stay atttatched. I have been looking for pictures on line to compare it with or bring to the md's office next week. Any suggestions ?

Also, he sometimes would fall asleep on the couch in the living room where sometimes the dog would be on and the dog has been treated for lyme since march this year.

I love my dog but i am ready to give him to a shelter because I am so paranoid he will bring something in the house. He has a collar on and we recently sprayed our back yard with a good deer tick repellant but I am still paranoid.

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05/25/2009 05:39 AM
Julie4848

My "LOVE BUG" as I call it was embedded in the back of my neck, my husband pulled it out with twizzers, it all came out.

A friend of mine tried to pull one out, only half came out, she went to the ER and they got the rest out for her and put her on abx for 30 days (this was last week)...At least the ER played safe this time...

I also have two doggies, we check them everyday for ticks...We also buy GOOD tick stuff we put on there necks, we don't buy the cheap stuff from Petco-or dog stores we buy from Foster Smith and its around 65.00 for three months worth, and I have two doggies so it can get very expensive but well worth the money....


05/25/2009 05:48 AM
dharma79
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I'm sorry to hear that this is happening. What a nightmare for you and your family...and possibly your poor dog too.

I'm not sure if I understood properly...

This spot on his scalp, with something pertruding...that has been there for several months?

Has he had any signs of illness? A bad bout with the flu, maybe, or some new aches and pains?

I tried to look for some images for you also and found none...Unsure

I would definitely arm yourselves with some information about TBIs to bring to the doc with you and hope for the best case scenario and an understanding doc.

Is it also your doc? Are they familiar with why you might be a bit extra paranoid?

SO...I also read that sometimes some pieces of the tick might linger and a lesion form as a reaction to the tick saliva.

For me, this standard would seem like BS. I would want at least a prophylactic course of abx...and even then...I would still record and monitor every little sniffle and pain there after in case symptoms of disease begin to emerge.

Maybe I'm a little paranoid too! LOL

Ermm

I wish you the best! Please keep us posted! Wink

I think, more than likely, everything will work out just fine...try not to let yourself get too worked up...and if you aren't satisfied with the answers the PCP gives...get a second opinion...Wink

And what about using the drop meds for your doggie like Frontline?

I know there are some who might protest using those meds because some animals have had issues but many have not and it might be worth trying in lieu of giving your doggie up.

Also try not letting your animals up on the couch or bed...I know...I know...lol...easier said than done but...Again...A better option than having to give up the pet you love.

I trained my 11y/o dog to sleep only on her bedding or floor after 11 years of sleeping with me on the bed and always snuggling with me on the couch.

It wasn't easy and she was NOT happy about it at first but she's totally fine with it now.

SO...you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Silly

And Julie is right about the drop meds...get it from your vet...the stuff you buy in pet stores DOES NOT work as well at all!

Post edited by: dharma79, at: 05/25/2009 05:52 AM


05/25/2009 05:54 AM
Julie4848

Hi:

Just found the box for the doggies. We use K9 Advantix, we love it, tried "Frontline" sorry to say we still saw ticks on our doggies, since using this the past year we have had non on the doggies. And our babies sleep with us...

Repels and KILLS ticks, including those that transmit lyme, kills fleas, kills mosquitoes and bitting flies.

Like I said, it is expensive but worth the money, my vet does not even sell "Frontline" anymore due to it not KILLING THE TICKS...

www.fostersmith.com...We buy all our dog products from them...


05/25/2009 06:16 AM
Tinkerbellslove
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Hello

This is the question that I had for my PPC. My daughter had a tick we removed it and the head was still there, the next day I brought her to the office they put her on amoxicillin for 10 days. Now 4 months later still bump there and the tip was pointed also again called they told me warm compress I'm not taking that answer well. So every day a few times a day warm compress and the bump did go down a little but I am still making an appointment with a specialist in Boston for the both of us you never know and I can't risk it. So for me I've seen the bump and this is what I did we will keep our fingers crossed that its "just a bump".


05/25/2009 06:40 AM
Julie4848

After I pulled my tick out I had a very and I mean very small red dot, no bump no nothing, went away within two days...

05/25/2009 07:08 AM
ORNURSE
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Thanks everyone. As far as symptoms, he has seem alittle more tired lately and moody and forgetful but he is in complete denial of all of this. He is concerned about the bump though.

I have a collar on the dog which has always seemed to work ok. Last year he did have it off for a short period of time and then I did not put it back on until he was diagnosed with lyme antibodies in march with symptoms. I thought it as too early, but the vet tech girl said she had been pulling ticks off of her dogs for a couple off months at that time. I tried frontline before and it did not work. The vet said yesterday that maybe a collar and advantix together.

The only issue is he is itchy all the time and the vet said little dogs can easily have allergies. I am wondering if it is something else, like still lyme that is making him itchy or a co infection.


05/25/2009 07:09 AM
ORNURSE
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If you don't mind me asking what kind of specialist and who are you seeing in case we need to go that route?

05/25/2009 07:32 AM
dharma79
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Yes! It was the Advantix I was trying to recall but Frontline was the only one I could think of! Sorry...lol

Has it been 6 weeks since the bite?

If it were my husband and I noticed those symptom, I would ask for a bare minimum of 30days abx AND I would request a WB from Igenex or another reputable TBI lab.

I know it's an expense but I'd rather be safe than sorry! And, of course, time is of the essence with this disease...Smile


05/25/2009 07:38 AM
Tinkerbellslove
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Dr. D. he is a Lyme Specialist out of Boston he was recommended from a friend that has Lyme and had been fighting for 3 years. The office is closed until the end of the month. I'm not sure what the waiting period will be for an appointment but Thurs I left a message. Good luck and please keep me posted for I am new to all of this also. I just keep a positive outlook everyday.

(post edited by cmany: please no posting of dr's names for their protection. sharing of such information is to be PM'd - thanks)

Post edited by: cmany, at: 05/25/2009 11:18 AM

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