1. Promptly remove the tick with tweezers or tick spoon. Pull the tick out
perpendicularly to the skin. Do not aggravate the tick. Pull gently and
swiftly. Do not apply vasoline or any other agent (including lighting it on
fire) prior to removal. However, you may apply some antibiotic ointment to
the area after removal.
2. Take homeopathic Ledum 1M
3. If you have identified it as a female deer tick, put in a plastic bag with a
moist piece of paper towel and send it to UMASS for testing. The results
are far more accurate than human blood testing. The tick does not need
to be alive. http://extension.umass.edu/agriculture/index.php/services/tick-
borne-disease-diagnostics The cost is 40 dollars. You can also have it
tested for co—infections for an additional $100.
4. While you await the results of the testing, I recommend starting
Doxycycline (not for kids under 7) 100 mg 2x/day. There is now evidence
to suggest that the preventive, one day course of doxycycline is not
effective. If the tick comes back positive, I recommend continuing
treatment with antibiotics and herbs.
5. Get yourself tested (western blot), 4-6 weeks after initial tick bite.
I do have a Lyme prevention protocol available if any one is interested. It is a tincture and
homeopathic. Good for kids and pets too.
- Dr. Emily Maiella N.D.