Ticks and Lyme Disease

I removed my first tick of the summer yesterday so thought now would be a good time to share some information about Ticks and Lyme Disease.

There is so much good information out there now rather than rewriting it in my own words I have just added some resources below with a few of my own thoughts.

NHS Scotland have some useful infographics that you can see below. They recommend trying to remove ticks straight away, in practice this is often difficult in the mountains and even at the crag, so I am inclined to wait till I am back at my car or at home when there is less chance of making a poor job at removing the tick. So in my normal day walking 1st aid kit I tend not to have tick hooks but whenever I am camping I do.

There are lots of options out there for tick removers but the ones I seem to have got on best with over the years are the O’tom Tick Twister. They are fairly easy to get hold of but just incase a link is here

There are lots of options out there for tick removers but the ones I seem to have got on best with over the years are the O’tom Tick Twister. They are fairly easy to get hold of but just incase a link is here

I find it a real challenge to prevent ticks but trousers instead of shorts, long sleeves instead of a t-shirt certainly helps.

The video below whilst a little dated now certainly has some great information.

Finally there are lots of good websites with good information the below ones might be specifically useful for those heading to the hills.

Mountaineering Scotland Tick Information

NHS Scotland Lyme Disease Information

Lyme Disease UK Website

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