Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quick New Tool for Tick Removal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quick New Tool for Tick Removal

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Last week's column about ticks drew a quick response from many readers, including a great tip about a simple, inexpensive tool to remove engorged ticks.

"I'm an ER doc in rural Pennsylvania and have removed hundreds of attached ticks," said Dr. Rod Groomes, director of the emergency department at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning for 27 years. "In the old days we injected the area with local anesthetic and dug out the mouth parts with a needle. A few years ago, I discovered a nifty little tool called a Tick Twister. It's shaped like a crowbar. You ease the Tick Twister under the tick and twirl it around three or four times, and the tick lets go. We treat hundreds of attached ticks every year, and I've never seen the Twister fail."

Tiny ticks can usually be removed with tweezers, he said, but the Tick Twister is much more effective for larger engorged ticks. The hospital is seeing about 10 cases of Lyme disease each week.

Reader Ruth Bechtie-Pierce also recommended the Tick Twister. …

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