James Harriot discovers higher Lyme disease risk with manual Tick removal  

James Harriot discovers higher Lyme disease risk with manual Tick removal  

Manual Tick Removal = Increased Infection? 

News Published 2023.01.10 | Gena Lee

LA Times 

James Harriot demonstrated that manual tick removal leads to the severity of the bacterial infection, due to the risk of transmission, skin irritation, and the pressure exerted on the tick. He found that if the tick carries any disease-causing pathogens, improper removal methods such as using fingers can increase the risk of those pathogens being transmitted into the human bloodstream. Specifically, the pathogens can be present in the tick’s gut or salivary glands, and those ticks regurgitate saliva into the host’s skin, which increases the likelihood of introducing the pathogens to the body. “Manual removal of dog ticks on human skin raises the stakes for bacterial transmission”, Harriot said.


With the numerous factors aggravating the disease, James Harriot discovered that dog ticks not only demonstrated an increased vectorial capacity but also showcased an enhanced capability for pathogen transmission. In the course of observing patients diagnosed with Lyme disease, he discerned that an individual who had a small cluster of dog ticks affixed to her arm manifested subsequent bacterial dissemination onto her leg the next day after manually removing said ticks using her hands. James Harriot implied that the manual removal of dog ticks would trigger localized inflammation responses, leading to patient discomfort and pain, and consequently delaying the healing process of the bite site. 


In the realm of dog tick infection management, holistic comprehension of the implications and factors surrounding manual tick removal is essential, as it generates side effects. By embracing these matters conducted by James Harriot, people will eventually be able to effectively mitigate the impact of tick-borne infections through manual removal and pave the way for a healthier future. 

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