Ticks can be found everywhere, and are especially prolific during the summer months. As we all know, ticks carry some terribly dangerous diseases such as Tick Bite Fever, Lyme Disease, and others.
Summer and warmer weather is just around the corner, so weâ??re all going to be spending more time outdoors. You usually don’t notice the tick until you actually see it. After you’ve been in an area with lots of ticks, make sure you check yourself and your pet for ticks.
However, should one of these arachnids attach itself to you or your pet, here’s how to remove it.
1. Find the head of the tick
In most cases, it will be buried just beneath the skin.
2. Pour hydrogen peroxide over the area
3. Pull the tick out with fine-pointed tweezers
Get a pair of fine-pointed tweezers – you probably have a pair lying around the house. Tweezers give you plenty of pull to get the tick out, and the smaller and tighter the grip, the better.
Try to grip the tick’s head. Get the tweezers as close to the mouth of the tick as possible. Do not grasp the tick’s body. This will cause it to inject saliva or blood into your skin and increase the chances of transmitting a disease.
Do not apply petroleum jelly, a hot match, alcohol, nail polish or any other irritant in an attempt to get the tick to let go. Doing so may cause the tick to release extra saliva or regurgitate, increasing the chances of being infected by any pathogens carried by the tick.
Pull firmly and steadily outward. Do not twist, jerk or wiggle the tweezers as you pull. It’s not uncommon for your skin to also pull up as the tick detaches, much like it does when you pluck a stray hair.
Do not try to pull it off with your hands. The head of the tick might break off and be left behind. This can lead to infection.
5. Take out the tick with a piece of string or floss
If you don’t have tweezers handy, a string or floss can do the trick.
Loop the string around the tick’s head, as close to your skin as possible. Make the loop tight around the head. Pull the ends of the string upwards and outward in a slow, steady motion.
6. Save the tick in a plastic bag (optional)
If you suspect you have a tick-borne illness, you can take the tick in for testing.
7. Make sure that the tick has been entirely removed
If the head of the tick is still in your skin, and you WILL be able to see it, donâ??t worry â?? go and see your doctor.
8. Treat the wound with antiseptic after removing a tick
Alcohol can be used to help prevent the spreading of a tick-borne disease. This is most effective immediately after the tick has been removed.
9. Keep track of your symptoms
In case Lyme Disease or another tick-borne illness develops, you’ll need to tell your doctor when you noticed the tick, when you removed it, and what subsequent symptoms you notice.
Removing a tick shortly after being bitten greatly reduces the chance of disease transmission. It is unlikely that you will contract Lyme Disease if the tick has been attached to you for 24 hours or less.
Learn to recognize Lyme Disease symptoms. Lyme Disease is generally characterized by a large, circular rash that looks like a target, though some may experience other symptoms.
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