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Tick ​​bite in Chiang Mai

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Even so, the uncle seemed to have no idea how to remove it correctly, which seems strange to me because he seemed to know many things about the plants and trees around us. In the end he did it rough, stretching hard until the bug gave way. I ran a little blood and a little hole in the place, I applied a disinfectant and the famous tiger balm. Although something went on hurting for about 3 days, then I forgot about it until we met our Israeli friends in Burma.

They told me that in the army there was always one person per platoon who knew how to remove ticks properly. It turns out that this It is very important because if you do not do it correctly, the bug's jaw is buried in your body.

I hope I'm wrong but everything seems to indicate that this is what happened in my case. Today, almost 2 months after I was bitten, the skin is still not smooth when I pass my fingertip. At least the area is not red nor do I have any of the symptoms of the serious diseases that I have read that can cause. But they advised me to see a doctor.

Ticks are vectors that transmit diseases that affect humans. Some, like that of Lhyme, are really serious affecting the nervous systems of the human body, including the brain. I was reading a lot about the subject on the internet and my sister - who is a doctor - also researched on her own and aggravated my fears.

Ticks must be removed so that nothing stays inside your body. This can be done by smearing them with petroleum jelly before pulling them. Burning them is once you've taken it out, but obviously you can't burn it when it's between the hairs on your chest.

It seems that Lhyme's disease has to be on you for more than 24 hours and, even so, the chances of getting the disease are really low. It is more developed by the area of ​​North America, where they roam freely jumping from deer to deer. But it is not the only disease transmitted by this odious parasite.

I was an idiot and did not visit the good doctors in Bangkok when I returned from Burma. In a pharmacy in Krabi they told me - after telling them what happened and examining my skin - that I had nothing to worry about but again in Malaysia a person who worked with poor children told me that I had to go to a doctor and get what I had inside, if there really was anything left.

So I'll look where I can do it.

Remember that in trekking it is good to wear long pants, socks, boots or good sports shoes and always, always the shirt on. I am one of those who immediately sweats a lot and always went without a shirt. I may not do it anymore when I am in an unknown forest.

I'll tell you what they say about the subject but it sure is nothing!

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