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Old 04-16-17, 09:49 AM
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Exclamation Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

There are times our hypersensitivity may pose an evolutionary advantage!

I felt this itch on my skin and looked and saw what I thought was a small scab. Then I looked closer! There are lots of ticks in the yard where I live and it's been a mild winter.

I'd rather not relive the gross details of ridding myself of my uninvited guest (((shudder))) and I won't inflict them on anyone else. I pray I got it out in time and no horrible side effects, such as one reads about online, happen.

But I think - I bet there are many people who would ignore that tiny itch - and since I can't, I hopefully was able to prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger one.
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Re: Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

Ticks already??!!
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Re: Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

*shudders* I have never seen a tick in real life despite having cats and don't want to see one
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Re: Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

Some people are clearly much less sensitive to them than others, a fact that has been documented since at least 1965, when the Beatles sang "She's got a tick in her eye, and she don't care". However, it's probably not that common - from the context of the rest of the lyrics, the songwriters were clearly surprised by the facts of the case.

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Re: Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

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There are times our hypersensitivity may pose an evolutionary advantage!

I felt this itch on my skin and looked and saw what I thought was a small scab. Then I looked closer! There are lots of ticks in the yard where I live and it's been a mild winter.

I'd rather not relive the gross details of ridding myself of my uninvited guest (((shudder))) and I won't inflict them on anyone else. I pray I got it out in time and no horrible side effects, such as one reads about online, happen.

But I think - I bet there are many people who would ignore that tiny itch - and since I can't, I hopefully was able to prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger one.
Maybe...or maybe not.

I tend to be very sensitive to skin-crawly things and itches, but I didn't notice until after the tick had detached and I'd already contracted Lyme disease.

I did very quickly notice the rash, though at that point I was already alert to the possibility, and was able to get it treated right away.

Someone who was more diligent about checking for ticks (i.e., not me) might have noticed sooner and avoided Lyme altogether.

FYI, if you save the tick, you can get it tested. (Or at least, identify the type of tick and any diseases it could potentially carry. Here's the CDC guide to ticks and tick-borne diseases in the U.S.) If you do happen to develop any symptoms of illness -- which hopefully, you won't, because hopefully it didn't carry anything nasty, and you got it off quickly -- be sure to get it checked out right away, and mention that you were recently bitten by a tick.

P.S. Tick was on my back, around the waistband, not in my eye.
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Re: Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

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Some people are clearly much less sensitive to them than others, a fact that has been documented since at least 1965, when the Beatles sang "She's got a tick in her eye, and she don't care". However, it's probably not that common - from the context of the rest of the lyrics, the songwriters were clearly surprised by the facts of the case.

Ah, a Mondegreen! "Ticket to Ride" = "Tic in Her Eye" I think that is tic without a 'k," the kind that means an involuntary twitch.

Yes, we have had a mild winter and an erratic spring. Kansas is like that. Also we have bermuda grass in some parts of the yard, which they seem to love. All of the grass got mowed last night. The dog got a dose of tick meds. I discovered one of the rabbits whom we'd treated for fleas a month or less ago has a whole new crop, so flea medicine is on order for all the rabbits and the cats as well.

Looks like my tick bite is less swollen. I think I got the little bugger off before it could inject the really bad disease or neurotoxin or whatever it had evil plans to shoot into me. Reading those CDC and other sites about ticks can give you nightmares!
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Re: Felt an itch, Eww, a tick!

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Ah, a Mondegreen! "Ticket to Ride" = "Tic in Her Eye" I think that is tic without a 'k," the kind that means an involuntary twitch.
I think that's not the best explanation. Eyeball tics are not a thing, to my knowledge anyway, and they didn't sing "near her eye" or "in her eyelid". Nor did they sing "She's got nystagmus...", which would be pretty hard to rhyme.
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