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How do you remove a tick?

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  • Wearing gloves, grasp the tick with clean tweezers as close to the skin as possible to remove the head and mouthparts. If some mouthparts remain, do not try to remove them, as your body will expel them naturally.
  • Pull the tick straight out gently and steadily. Do not twist.
  • Do not try to remove tick with a hot match or petroleum jelly. This could cause the tick to regurgitate infected fluids into the wound.
  • Save the tick in a container of alcohol to show the doctor.

From: Tick Bite Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: “Tick Bites."

KidsHealth: "Tick Removal, A Step-by-Step Guide" and "Tick Bites."

CDC: "Lyme Disease Symptoms;" "Lyme Disease: Treatment and Prognosis;" and "Tick Removal."

Wormser, G. 2006. Clinical Infectious Diseases,

FamilyDoctor: "Lyme Disease."

UpToDate.

Ticks Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: “Tick Bites."

KidsHealth: "Tick Removal, A Step-by-Step Guide" and "Tick Bites."

CDC: "Lyme Disease Symptoms;" "Lyme Disease: Treatment and Prognosis;" and "Tick Removal."

Wormser, G. 2006. Clinical Infectious Diseases,

FamilyDoctor: "Lyme Disease."

UpToDate.

Ticks Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

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