Any ugly red divot in your skin, nearby swollen glands, and fever needs to be checked out pronto by a doc.
Perhaps the Vineyard boards of health should advocate for town officials “turning the other cheek” to episodes of public nudity, particularly in the woods. Get rid of those “no nudity” admonitions on all the Land Bank and other trailhead signs!
C’mon folks, it is just a tick bite. It is not like getting bitten by a taipan (a snake with a highly lethal bite) in the Australian outback, where there is some justification in immediately amputating the bitten body part.
Because they’re so small, roughly the size of a poppy seed, and because they excrete a natural anesthetic when they bite, deer tick nymphs are masters at avoiding detection. By the time these terrible teens reach adulthood in late summer, they will be responsible for about 90 percent of the Lyme disease contracted by humans.
Lyme disease is not the only serious illness transmitted by the nasty pests.