Friday, May 15, 2009

How to pull leech from your skin?

If you are planning to visit rain forest,there have some info that might be useful for you.

Leeches are annelids comprising the subclass Hirudinea. There are fresh water, terrestrial, and marine leeches.

I may want to tell you that if you just panic and couldn't find anything such as lit cigarette, salt, soap or others, you can use your own saliva. Spit it to your finger and pull leech away from your skin (legs, hands, etc.) Or you can make a tobacco water (please don't use cigarette) and sweep to your legs, hands, etc.

From Wikipedia, one recommended method of removal is using a fingernail to break the seal of the oral sucker at the anterior end (the smaller, thinner end) of the leech, repeating with the posterior end, then flicking the leech away. As the fingernail is pushed along the person's skin against the leech, the suction of sucker's seal is broken, at which point the leech should detach its jaws.

A common but medically inadvisable technique to remove a leech is to apply a flame, a lit cigarette, salt, soap, or a caustic chemical such as alcohol, vinegar, lemon juice, insect repellent, heat rub, or certain carbonated drinks. These cause the leech to regurgitate its stomach contents into the wound and quickly detach. The vomit may carry disease and increases the risk of infection.

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