Woman Dies After Tick Bite, Family Takes to the Media to Warn Public

You are a person that simply loves nature, but when spending time in nature one needs to be very careful when ticks are concerned. Tick bites can cause diseases like Lyme disease or Powassan disease within 24 hours, and if not treated in time it can lead to permanent disability. Hence, you should remove them immediately in order to prevent such terrible consequences.

There are a wide range of folk remedies that are believed to be helpful in removing ticks including the use of petroleum jelly, attacking them with heat, painting them with nail polish, etc. In a video presented on Internet peppermint oil can do the job effectively.

The woman in the video douses a tick with peppermint oil that had been attached to her leg, and the tick detaches itself, and crawls away. Yes, in the video it seems successful, but there is a risk to this use as the peppermint oil literally burns the tick that can be dangerous. The tick gats agitated and that will promote the production of saliva thus allowing for the diseases to enter the body via the open wound of the bite.  In addition to this, the peppermint oil is harsh for your skin and may cause burns.

Once you notice that you have a tick, you should remove it as quickly as possible as they pose a real threat to your body that can lead to the development of severe and life-changing diseases.

Tamela Wilson experienced this on her skin although she has been removing them by herself many times because she worked at Meramec State Park for ten years.

After she removed her tick, two days later she fell very ill. The initial diagnosis was urinary tract infection from which she received an antibiotic treatment. However, her symptoms got worsen and she had to take blood tests revealing that she had very low white blood cell count. She became very weak and her condition got worse. She even made a couple of skin biopsies and tick-related blood tests, but all of them were negative. Her health condition was not getting better and she developed a condition that makes the body develop too many immune cells called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis manifested by a red rash. She couldn’t talk, drink, or eat.

Eventually she took more blood tests that in the end showed that she caught rare and incurable Bourbon virus that is easily transmitted via insect bites like the one of a tick. This virus is life-threatening manifested by vomiting, low blood counts, fever, rashes, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and body aches. This virus was devastating for Tamela who could not keep up the fight and after three weeks she died.

Hence, there is great need to properly learn how to protect your body from ticks and if you get bitten what exactly to do.

Useful Tips to Prevent Tick Bites

  • When outside always use insect repellents
  • High-risk areas for ticks are moist, humid, and damp environments, tall or bushy grasses, and wooded areas.
  • When camping or hiking make sure to use tick repellents on your clothes and outdoor gear.
  • If you have been outside, check your clothes for ticks before you enter your home.
  • If there are any or suspect that there could be on your clothes and gear, wash them in hot water.
  • Once you enter your home shower immediately in order to wash off any unattached ticks and make certain to check your entire body.

What to do in case of a tick bite?

If you have noticed that you have been bitten stay calm and follow these steps:

  • Take a pair of fine-tipped tweezers and then grab hold of the tick as close to the skin as possible, but do not leave its head intact.
  • Do not twist, jerk or squeeze it, but instantly pull it straight up.
  • Once you have removed it flushed it down the toilet, or put it in a sealed plastic bag, wrapped in tape.
  • Wash your hands and the bitten area by rubbing alcohol, soap, and water.
  • If in the next few days you develop fever or rashes immediately pay a visit to your doctor.

Check your pet for ticks

You should do this check-up regularly and if there is a tick attached to its fur or skin, follow these instructions:

Needed Things to Use:

  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Jar or a suitable container with a lid
  • Antiseptic wipes (optional use)


Make sure to wear gloves, but first calm down your pet as the poking or prodding can make your cat or dog agitated. Therefore, it is better to have an extra hand that will hold it and keep it relaxed. Next, take the tweezers and grasp the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible, leaving the head intact. While doing this make certain not to pinch the skin of your pet. Pull up the tick straight up without harming the tick as it contains infectious material.

Once removed, check the tick and see if its head and mouth are removed as well. If that is not the case, then it is best to take your pet to the veterinarian and do the job.

Put the tick in a container with a lid containing rubbing alcohol. Disinfect the bitten area by applying antiseptic spray or wipes. If it turns red or becomes inflamed, then you should pay a visit to the vet’s office.

Monitor the behavior of your pet over the next few weeks for strange symptoms that may have been caused by an infection or a disease. Possible symptoms could be appetite loss, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, or reluctance to move. If your pet has any of the above mentioned symptoms make sure to go to your vet.