• How to Remove a Tick

    21 Feb 2012

  • The fear of ticks has grown in recent years as more and more people are made aware of the potential for the spread of Lyme disease.

    About Lyme Disease

    This condition is transmitted by deer ticks.  Not all ticks spread Lyme disease, but all ticks should be saved in a baggie with a damp cotton ball for testing after being removed from an individual.  This condition has been reported in nearly every American state.  It can lead to serious arthritis, but the symptoms of the condition vary substantially from person to person, making it difficult to diagnose.  The most tell-tale sign in the bull’s eye rash that appears at the site of the tick bite, but this isn’t always noticed in time and can fade before it is caught.  If not diagnosed early, Lyme disease can be very difficult to treat.

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    How to Remove a Tick

    If you have found a bug that has latched onto the skin, or even burrowing beneath the skin, then chances are very good that you have encountered a tick.  It is important to be very careful when removing it.  Using fine tip tweezers is the best approach.  You should never try to remove it with bare hands.  Grab the tick as close to the head as possible.  It is possible to remove the body and leave the head stuck in the skin, which is dangerous.  This should be avoided at all costs, so move slowly and carefully to remove it.  Pull straight out until the mouth of the parasite lets go.  In most cases, this will leave the tick alive.  Don’t kill it!  Instead, place the tick in a plastic bag or jar.

    Clean the Infected Area

    After the tick has been removed, it is essential to carefully clean the area.  This can be done with a mild dishwashing soap.  Also, wash hands well with soap and water.  Using a dab of antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid, cover the wound.  If you experience pain, swelling, excessive redness, draining pus, a fever, or chills, then see your doctor right away to be treated for possible skin infection.  You may not have gotten the head out completely.

    Having the Tick Tested

    To be sure that you have not been exposed to Lyme disease, it is a good idea to have the tick tested.  Deer ticks are very tiny, as compared to other varieties that tend to be slightly larger and easier to examine without magnification, but if you are not sure, it is better to bring all ticks found on the body to a professional to ensure that you or your loved one is safe.

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