Tick Bite


Time:

1–2 minutes

Skill Level:

Beginner

Supplies (shop www.moulageconcepts.com for all your moulage needs):

  • Color Stix, bright red

  • Color Stix, maroon

Equipment:

  • 2 paint brushes, small

  • Tissue

Technique:

Create an entry point (Figure 1): Using a small paint brush that has been dipped in bright red makeup (apply colorant to the tip of the brush only), gently blot color onto the skin, creating a medium-size (1” x 1/2”) oval. Using a tissue, gently blot the makeup area to create variegation and blend lightly into the skin.

Create a secondary ring (Figure 2) by applying additional makeup in a circular pattern around the entry point (approximately 1” or so outside it) using a gentle blotting technique and variegating the color. (To variegate color: Alternate the intensity of color placed on the skin by the amount of pressure applied to the brush and allowing some of the victim’s natural skin color to show through.)

Using a small paint brush dipped in maroon colorant (to the tip of the brush only), gently deposit colorant over the reddened skin area, along the edges, using a gentle blotting technique (Figure 3).

Quick Fix:

To create the appearance of natural inflammation processes, alternate the intensity of color placed on the skin by the amount of pressure applied to the applicator and allowing some of the victim’s natural skin color to show through. Using water-based makeup products allows thorough coverage without absorption into the skin and lets you quickly fix areas of overapplication.

Dispatch:

“Medic 31, respond Code 3 to CatFire Training Academy, Highway 101, nearest exit Dunsmuir Old Town Road. Unknown injuries. 1515 hrs. Dispatch clear.”

On Scene:

Dress a simulator in training academy clothing and place it outdoors near a wooded area and piles of brush clearing. Using a makeup sponge, create skin mottling by applying white makeup to the face of an adult male simulator, blending well. Under the shirt, along the upper back, apply the tick bite moulage. Affix a small brown silicone nodule to the center of the moulage wound. Apply a light mist of premade sweat mixture to the forehead, chin, neck and upper arms. Program the simulator to exhibit signs of restlessness, irritability and nausea. If desired, have a confederate advise the responder of a concern of heat exhaustion.

Use in Conjunction With:

  • Vomit

  • Odor: smoke

Cleanup and Storage:

Carefully remove the Silifix nodule from the skin of the simulator. Using a damp cloth or per manufacturer’s instructions, remove makeup and any remaining product residue from the skin of the simulator.

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