Summer, tick time: this is how to keep ticks away from your skin

Warning: the ticks are coming

If the temperatures rise outside, the risk of ticks increases. The sting as such is not dangerous, but the infections that are transmitted with increasing frequency. The greatest danger arises from the transmission of Lyme disease and TBE (early summer meningoencephalitis). Experts estimate that approximately every 10th tick is infected.

Early summer meningoencephalitis

TBE is a collective term for various forms of meningitis that are thought to be caused by a virus. They show a flu-like pre-stage and later lead to permanent paralysis, swallowing and speech disorders as well as impaired consciousness. There is currently no specific treatment for TBE, but vaccination can help. TBE is rarely transmitted, whereas Lyme disease is more common.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a master of camouflage. Many diseases correspond to their symptoms and depend on where the pathogens have spread through the bloodstream in the body. These include muscle and joint pain, numb limbs, fever, stomach and intestinal complaints, great tiredness, disorders of the autonomic nervous system as well as anxiety and aggression. In most cases, Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. There are also homeopathic treatment methods. In Germany, 25 to 100 people per 100,000 inhabitants develop Lyme disease annually, depending on the region, in Austria there are 150 to 300 people per 100,000.

In contrast to the TBE, no vaccine has yet been found against Lyme disease. Because these bacteria in the intestine of the tick, the so-called borrelia, are extremely clever: thanks to their sophisticated information system, they immediately recognize whether the tick has tapped the blood of a dog, a mouse or a human and adapt their metabolism to that of the host. As a result, they outsmart their immune cells and can go unnoticed from the intestine to the tick's salivary glands. So it takes a certain amount of time to get infected. US studies show that there is no danger after 12 hours of suction, the risk of infection is 24 percent after 24 hours and almost 100 percent after 48 hours.

If a red circle, the so-called borreliosis - reddening forms around the injection site after the stitch, a doctor should be consulted; which can only occur after days or weeks. In contrast, some people do not develop a blush. In addition, some people are symptom-free, although they have been shown to be infected. So far it is unclear whether the immune system has successfully fought the Borrelia or whether they are hiding somewhere in the body.

Things worth knowing about ticks:

- Ticks avoid direct sunlight. They prefer to stay in the shady bushes or in the grass. Contrary to popular belief, ticks do not fall from trees, but crawl up to a meter and a half in the bushes so that they can easily dock with their host.

- Ticks are blind. However, they perceive every tiny change such as vibrations, differences in heat, changes in light or smells. Especially people with “acidic” sweat who are under stress or who are mainly exposed to acid-forming foods such as. B. feed animal protein and sugar, are easily perceptible prey for ticks.

Tick ​​protection:

- Sturdy shoes and closed clothes offer a certain protection against ticks.

- Even rubbing legs and arms with essential oils such as geranium oil, clove oil or tea tree oil keep ticks at a distance, whereby a mix of these three oils works best. In addition, coconut oil works well.

- People living in areas with a high proportion of infected ticks can take the homeopathic remedy Borrelia nosode D30 as a precaution over a period of three days. The dosage is three times a day. (Nosodes are homeopathically prepared remedies that are made from sick blood, pathogens or, as in this case, from infected ticks).

What to watch out for with a tick bite:

- Ticks don't bite - they sting. It is therefore advisable to simply pull them out; e.g. with a tick card that is available in pharmacies. A pair of tick pliers, on the other hand, is too coarse and squeezes the tick, so that it throws its intestinal contents - and if infected, also the borrelia - into the injection site.

- It is also disadvantageous to counter the tick with oil, glue or nail polish.

- After removing the tick, the bite site should be disinfected with tea tree oil or another essential oil.

Literature source: Naturally cure Lyme disease, Wolf-Dieter Storl, AT Verlag, 9th edition

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