Tick dangers & diseases
ticks can transmit
Ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens of any blood
Ticks are very significant vectors in a variety of human and
animal diseases such as:
Rocky mountain spotted fever
Ticks are found in almost every state in the
The highest concentration is in the north and middle eastern
states and also on the west coast.
Recent estimates indicate that there are some 240,000 cases
of Lyme disease each year in the
United States but only a small
portion of these are actually reported. This is only one of the many diseases
caused by ticks.
Cost of Tick borne diseases
The total medical cost for those who get Lyme disease is
astronomical and this is only one of the many tick borne diseases.
According to studies, Lyme disease alone costs the Nation
between $1,000,000,000 to $2,000,000,000 each year in increased medical costs,
lost productivity, prolonged pain and suffering, and costly delays in diagnosis
and inappropriate treatment.
Over 100,000 million dollars are spent each year on Lyme
These diseases have an enormous impact on medical costs not only
in our country but all over the world
What can be done
Early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important in
keeping down the costs of these diseases.
An even bigger impact would be prevention. That means
preventing Tick bites all together and removing ticks that are attached in a
safe and expeditious manner.
Tick Bites Doís and Doníts
Once a tick bites it attaches itself via its hypostome which
is the structure that plunges into the hostís skin for feeding. This structure
has many barb like projections and prevents easy removal of the attached
tick. In addition most (hard) ticks
secrete a cement like substance through their salivary glands which literary
glues the feeding tick in place.
If one squeezes or irritates a tick while attached this will
increase the risk of it regurgitating its infectious contents into the host.
The use of bare fingers, tweezers, forceps, alcohol,
matches, cigarettes, petroleum jelly, or other chemicals may irritate the tick
and produce undesirable consequences. Tweezers are often suggested as the best
means to remove a tick, but in actuality, given the minute size of the tick
there is a greater risk of stimulating infection by crushing the tick.
Tick It Away
Tick It Away lifts the tick from itsí attachment without
squeezing or irritating the tick in any way.
It works like a crowbar prying out a nail.
It is ergonomically shaped to allow one to remove even the
smallest tick no matter where it is attached.
Its patented method of detaching a tick forces even the tiny
nymphs further down the narrow part of the groove during the action of removal.
This greatly facilitates capturing these tiny ticks in the groove and detaching
It works on hard and soft ticks.
It works on every stage of a ticks life cycle from larva,
nymph, to adult engorged or not.
It is the best product for removing ticks more efficiently, alive and intact
without irritating the tick.
This device enables you to remove the tick quickly and if
done so within the first 24 hours the risk of infection is greatly reduced.
What Lyme Disease rash looks like.
The rash of Lyme Disease is called Erythema Migrans. It may start at the site
of a tick bite or at another location from the bite. It may start as a tiny red
area and expand to become quite large over several days. It may develop into a
"bull's-eye" rash (photo 1) or may look uniformly red (photo 2). There may be
only one rash only or multiple areas of rash which may indicate dissemination
of the Lyme disease spirochete.