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Tick Removal

Oh no!  You have a tick on you and it's bitten you.  What do you do?  Get if off of you as quickly and safely as you can.

Below is the recommended way to remove a tick. 

  • Use fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin's surface.  Get as close as possible to the skin.
  • Pull in a steady upward motion.  You want constant force, not jerking or twisting.
  • If the mouth pieces of the tick remain, try removing them with the tweezers.  If you can to get them, leave them alone and let the skin heal.
  • Wash the area and your hands with soap and water or an iodine scrub.
  • To dispose of the tick submerge it in alcohol, placing in in a sealed bag then put into the trash, wrap tape tightly around it or flush down the toilet.  Never crush the tick in your fingers.

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If you develop a rash, terrible headaches or muscle aches within a few weeks see your doctor.  Be sure to tell him you were bitten by a tick.

 

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Reference and photo from:  https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

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