Ticks, what to do when bitten

Marshall ProtocolA curative medical treatment for chronic inflammatory disease. Based on the Marshall Pathogenesis. (MP) patients who develop a bulls-eye rash after a tick bite or who think a tick bite has put them at risk for Lyme disease should ask their physician about taking 100mg of minocycline twice daily for 30 days.

Treatment for MP patients

Treatment for non-MP patients

A person bitten by a tick may or may not develop the classic bulls-eye (or other) rash that signals an acute borreliosis (Lyme disease) infection. For this reason, many physicians routinely prescribe a course of doxycycline after a tick bite. The amount prescribed may be as little as a one-time dose of 200mg or 100mg twice daily for 21 days. Lyme disease caught in its early stages is highly susceptible to treatment, and this is the best course of action for anyone bitten by a tick and not already on the Marshall Protocol (MP).

Minocycline seems to be just as effective at eradicating borreliosis as doxycycline.

Tick removal instructions

Here is information on a tick remover device.

Here are new instructions on how to remove a tick.

Here is another set of tips on tick removal.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website information on tick removal is surprisingly brief and reassuring. Perhaps this reflects their official stance the borreliosis/Lyme disease is not a big problem in the United States.

The general consensus seems to be to not use heat to try to make the tick come out. There is no agreement on the technique that works best and whether or not it is vital to ensure the head is removed.

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Notes and comments


Duration of antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease.
Steere AC
Ann Intern Med138p761-2(2003 May 6)
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