Welcome to Babe Winkelman’s
Vector-Borne Disease Information Center
A complete guide on how you and your family can avoid the harmful and sometimes deadly effects of vector-borne diseases that can plague people’s lives for years!
Post-Tick Bite Guide
Step-by-step instructions on what to do upon discovering a latched tick
#1 Careful Removal
REMOVING A TICK WITH YOUR BARE HANDS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES YOUR RISK OF INFECTION
- Use pointy tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as possible.
- Pull upwards with steady and even pressure.
(You should AVOID any twisting or jerking motions. This could cause the tick to regurgitate harmful pathogens.)
- After removal, clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, iodine rub or simply with soap and water.
#2 Secure the Tick
AFTER REMOVAL DO NOT THROW AWAY THE TICK
- You should place the tick in a bag or container.
- Classify the species of tick because there are only a handful of species known to transmit diseases. There are IDENTIFICATION GUIDES online that can help.
- In most cases, it is a good idea to take pictures of the tick and submit them HERE to 100% confirm if you are at risk or not.
- Use this TICK PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE to take your pictures.
#3 Send for Testing
- If you believe a tick is a possible disease risk, then you need to get the tick tested or consult your primary care doctor.
- TickReport.com will deliver your test results in 3 days or less via their website. The results will be sent to you by a customized and private URL link with a comprehensive report.
- This testing service was designed to give you peace of mind and save you money by avoiding expensive medical bills.
- Even if the tick report results indicate that the tick was carrying harmful pathogens, that does NOT GUARANTEE that you have been infected.
- myLymeTest offers at-home blood collection kits for Lyme disease for both people and their dogs HERE. Screen yourself regularly wherever and whenever you want to for early detection of Lyme disease and for your peace of mind. Simply use the kit to get a small blood sample and mail it to their lab.
- We advise you to CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR to learn more about available treatment options.
ROUTINELY TEST YOUR PET DURING TICK SEASON
Ticks can be equally as harmful to animals. If you know your dog has been exposed to ticks, test your dog about 4-6 weeks after the exposure.
Get your pet tested without a costly visit to the veterinarian!
- Early detection is key to making a full recovery
- The K9myLymeTest™ kit contains everything needed to collect a blood sample from your dog from the comfort of your home
- Don’t rely on seeing symptoms. Symptoms of Lyme may not appear for 2-5 months