Mum’s urgent warning after shocking discovery on her daughter’s ear: ‘She thought it was a pimple and obviously, it was not!’

In the quiet corners of everyday life, a mother’s vigilant eye uncovered a lurking threat, a menace that every parent must now confront with renewed awareness. It all began innocently, as Megan Sullivan cast a casual glance at what seemed like a harmless spot behind her daughter’s ear. But beneath the veneer of ordinary, she stumbled upon a treacherous secret—a tick, firmly embedded beneath the backing of an earring.

Photo credit: After discovering a tick behind her daughter’s earring, mum Megan Sullivan is warned to ¿thoroughly check¿ areas on their kids’ skin they might not think to look.

With the voice of a concerned parent, she shares her discovery, resurrecting a cautionary tale on social media. “So ticks are out,” she warns, a phrase that now resonates with urgency. Her message is clear: as diligent as we may be in safeguarding our children, there exists one territory we’ve often neglected—the hidden realm behind their earrings.

Photo credit: Parents who find tics to freeze them first with ¿ether-containing spray, which can be found at chemists

Her daughter, believing it to be an innocuous pimple, was unaware of the lurking intruder. In a moment of realization, Megan took swift action, removing the earrings before capturing the evidence in photographs. Her lesson is one of thoroughness, a reminder that in the unlikeliest of places, these tiny terrors can thrive. (

Photo credit: Tick bites are most common during the warmer months when conditions are hot and humid (stock image)

But this is more than just a mother’s warning—it’s a call to arms for all parents. Ticks, those spider-like parasites, are not confined to the wilderness; they lurk in unexpected corners of our lives. And as the seasons turn, spring and summer herald their resurgence, their activity reaching its zenith.

In Australia, where the heart of this story unfolds, there are over 70 species of ticks, each with its own peculiarities. Among them, the Ixodes holocyclus, found along the east coast, reigns as a formidable foe. It brings with it the specter of tick paralysis, tick typhus, and severe allergic reactions, some of which can prove fatal. While there’s no evidence of Lyme disease caused by Australian ticks, their bites can unleash infections with symptoms akin to this infamous ailment.

The signs of tick-induced illnesses are a spectral array—rashes, headaches, fever, flu-like malaise, tenderness, an unsteady gait, an aversion to bright light, weakened limbs, and even facial paralysis. These are the telltale marks of a hidden assailant, one that operates under the cloak of invisibility. (

The removal of ticks, too, requires precision. There’s a right way and a wrong way. Freeze the area with an ether-containing spray, the experts advise. And as you pull, resist the urge to squeeze or irritate the creature. ( Ticks are notorious for injecting allergen-containing saliva when provoked in the wrong manner, potentially setting off severe allergies, including the dreaded mammalian meat allergy.

Dr. Mualla McManus, a voice of wisdom in this tale, reminds us that tick bites often slip beneath the radar, aided by the anesthetic they release upon feasting. It’s a silent attack, and the victims may not even realize it at first. Those most susceptible are often found near the coast or in the embrace of dense bushlands, where these stealthy parasites reign.

Ticks, it seems, possess an eerie sixth sense. They detect the presence of humans through the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Their ability to sense when we draw near adds an extra layer of complexity to this battle. Dr. McManus prescribes a simple strategy for those venturing into tick-prone territories—light-colored clothing, a lifeline to spot the invaders. But be forewarned, there are no guarantees, no foolproof defenses.

This story is a clarion call to parents, a sobering reminder that our children’s safety extends to the seemingly mundane, to the territory behind their earrings. ( It’s a tale of hidden threats that demand our unwavering vigilance, a battle waged in the most unexpected corners of our lives. As we navigate the coming seasons, let this story serve as a rallying cry to shield our loved ones from these tiny terrors, to stay watchful even when the enemy remains unseen.

Yael Wolfe

Writer, photographer, artist, and big, bad wolf. I’m a writer, photographer, and artist. I use my work to explore what it means to be a woman in this world.

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