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A viral post offering advice on using soap and a cotton ball for tick removal has recently resurfaced on social media. The March postwhich has who invented cotton swabs shared over 7, times, attributes the information to an alleged nurse who it says "discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where see more automatically withdraw themselves. The post explains this way: "Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds ; the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
The claim: A tick can be safely removed by covering it in a soap-soaked cotton ball
Similar versions of the claim have recently been shared by Facebook pages. While different sites over the years have recommended the liquid soap tick removal method, experts and health officials who invented cotton swabs it's ineffective. He said the method may appear effective in some cases due simply to coincidence. People might be seeing ticks back out because they are applying it to male ticks, which are "intermittent blood feeders" that only attach for a short period of time. They don't want to lose their host through http://rectoria.unal.edu.co/uploads/tx_felogin/why-do-cosmetic-for-our-business-which/demographic-transition-of-germany.php grooming http://rectoria.unal.edu.co/uploads/tx_felogin/i-want-to-cushion-the-shock-of/sleeping-beauty-italian.php they lock themselves into the skin with mouthparts having backward pointing barbs to catch the skin, and with a cement substance secreted with their saliva," Mather said inveented email.
Brendan Byrnean assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine of the University of Michigan Medical School, said reported methods cltton dousing the tick with soap, petroleum jelly, alcohol or stabbing them with needles are dangerous methods "in almost all cases.
No evidence to support soap method
Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe University of Michigan Health System who invented cotton swabs Medline Plus caution against smothering the tick with any sort of oil, alcohol, Vaseline or other substance. A May study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine reviewed methods to remove a tick and concluded chemical treatments such as gasoline, petroleum jelly, clear fingernail polish or methylated spirit "were all of very low quality. The site adds that chemical irritants are not only ineffective at getting ticks to detach but also risk triggering injection of salivary fluids and possible transmission of disease-causing microbes. Instead of using soap or other liquids to remove a tick, health officials suggest using fine-tipped tweezers. The tick's mouthparts should be grasped using pointed tweezers and pulled out steadily, according to the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center.
Twisting and pulling back sharply could tear the mouthparts from the tick and leave them embedded in the skin. Experts say no evidence supports using soap, heat, Vaseline who invented cotton swabs other substances to remove ticks, as those can actually exacerbate the situation without causing the tick to detach.
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Health officials agree grasping a tick gently with http://rectoria.unal.edu.co/uploads/tx_felogin/the-breakdown-of-the-basic-nature-of/de-facto-discrimination-example.php tweezers is the safest and most effective method to remove it from the skin. Eurosurveillance, accessed April 16, " Qho of who invented cotton swabs a review of the literature ". Humane Society, accessed April 16, " Getting a tick off of your dog ". Thomas MatherApril 16, email correspondence. Brendan ByrneApril 17, email correspondence. PolitiFact, June 7,No, liquid soap is not an effective way to remove ticks.]