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How do you remove a tick safely?

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Here's how you remove a tick safely:

  • With tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, pulling gently and steadily.
  • Be patient trying to remove the tick. Ticks secrete a special substance that "cements" them to your skin.
  • Save the tick for identification, if possible. Wash the bite with soap and water.
  • If the tick's mouth parts remain embedded in your skin, make sure to remove them.
  • Don't attempt to burn a tick with a lit match or use other products (like petroleum jelly) on the tick.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

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