In order to remove a tick from the skin, use tweezers and make sure to remove the head by getting the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Learn about using antibiotic ointment to treat bleeding from a tick bite with help from a first aid and CPR instructor in this free video on removing ticks in first aid.
Hi, my name is Sunshine and I'm with Sunshine Safety. We're located in Snellville, Georgia. I have been involved in the health and safety business for fifteen years. Started out as a lifeguard when I was fifteen and opened my own business in 2006. Today, we are going to talk about how to properly remove a tick from the skin. The first thing is we always want to get consent from our victim. Once consent has been received we always want to protect ourselves from disease transmission. The way we do that is applying gloves. Once you have applied your gloves you do want to get a pair of tweezers to be able to remove the tick. It is very important that you remove the tick at the head. Once you have your tweezers get as close the to skin as possible trying to grasp the tick at the head. Once you have removed the tick from the skin you do want to dispose of the tick properly by placing it in a commode and flushing the toilet. There may be some minor bleeding from the tick and you can care for that by applying some Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment to the wound. Make sure that you take a cotton ball and place the ointment on the cotton ball, apply the Neosporin to the skin from the cotton ball. It's important that all of the tick be removed from the skin. Sometimes the ticks head can be remaining in the skin. If that is the case, you do want to seek medical treatment. It is important that you do not squeeze the tick or smash the tick against the skin. It is also recommended that you do not try to remove a tick by using matches, alcohol or nail polish.