Post by Mel (cherry) on Jun 18, 2008 12:58:21 GMT -5
Ug, we went swimming in the creek yesterday and my daughter had a small one on her foot. It had been on there so long, unnoticed, that it had turned blood red. She bled forever after it was pulled off.
What is the best way to remove them, and care afterwards?
And Im guessing being grossed out and freaked aren't the correct answer lol ;D
btw, some one else pulled it off once I realized what it was and let go of it *snicker*. Yeah I'm a poon.
~'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.'~
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Well... the way I always heard of for babies like me (I HATE the things) is to pour salt on it... but wikipedia says don't do that because they can regurgitate into the wound and cause infections. The only good way to do it is to scrape a fingernail along where they are sucking to break the suction and they will let go (without the regurgitation part). Just pulling is bad too. When I was a kid, my favorite method was to run around screaming until someone else did it for me.
They still exist - they are used for bait a lot up here. Heck, they are used in medicine still to this day! (They are good for cleaning wounds and keeping up circulation to an area - maggots are still used too - euwh). Jellyfish are cool, but I wouldn't want to touch one any more than a leech! Bloodsuckers are gross too... basically just wet ticks.