Tick Removal

 

The most important thing you can do to avoid Lyme Disease is properly removing the tick.   It is essential that you remove it from your body carefully and without having it die.   The tick must remain intact for the poison to remain outside of your body.   This could save your life!

Proper Removal

How to remove a tick -  CDC Recommendations

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.

  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

  • Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container.  Keep the tick for a 2 week period to make sure you have not become ill.  If you do become sick you will have the tick so you can send for testing.

 

 

Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible--not waiting for it to detach.

 

 

 

 

Even better than tick removal is to AVOID allowing ticks to attach in the first place. Wearing long pants and sleeves, and walking with a friend who can keep an eye on your back means that you have time to see the tick and brush it off before it attaches. Keep switching positions of who is in back if walking single file. Look frequently for signs of ticks on you or your friend. If you find an attached tick, remove the tick as completely and as quickly as possible.

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