A tick is a mite that feeds on the blood of humans and animals. Often times, a person does not even realise a tick is on his body. They are usually painless and are not spotted until they have attached to the skin. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease--an infection of the bloodstream--so it is important to remove ticks at first sight to reduce the chances of transmission. Removing ticks from humans improperly may result in part of the tick being left in the skin.
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Things you need
- Jar with lid
- Angled tweezers
- Hand soap
- Antiseptic spray or ointment
Pour a small amount of alcohol into a jar with a lid. This will be used for disposing of the tick.
Grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of angled tweezers. Avoid gripping the body of the tick or the head may be left in the skin.
Pull the tweezers straight out with a gentle, yet firm motion. Do not jerk or twist the tweezers to remove the tick. Place the tick immediately into the jar of alcohol and secure the lid.
Inspect the skin for any parts of the tick that may still be attached to the skin. Grip any remaining parts with the tweezers and firmly pull them off of the skin and place them in the jar.
Wash the tick site of the skin with warm, soapy water. Apply an antiseptic spray or ointment to the area.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Dispose of the entire jar with the tick.
Tips and warnings
- Contact your doctor promptly if a bulls-eye rash forms at the wound site, or if any type of rash forms elsewhere on the body. Fever and unexplained illness after a tick bite are also reasons to call your doctor.
- Do not handle a tick with your bare hands.
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