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What do I do if there's a tick under my skin with Lyme disease?

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Remove it with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers as soon as possible, pulling upward with steady pressure. If parts of the tick remain in the skin, also try to remove them with the tweezers. After everything is out, clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

You’re not likely to get infected if you remove the tick within 36 to 48 hours.

Some people have an allergic reaction to ticks, so they’ll notice a bite right away.

From: Lyme Disease: Important Facts to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC website.

Alan Taege, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

EPA: “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.”

American College of Rheumatology.

Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Eisen, R. , March 2016. J Med Entomol

Paul Mead, MD, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity, Bacterial Diseases Branch, CDC.

John Aucott, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.

Press release, Valneva. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 25, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC website.

Alan Taege, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

EPA: “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.”

American College of Rheumatology.

Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Eisen, R. , March 2016. J Med Entomol

Paul Mead, MD, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity, Bacterial Diseases Branch, CDC.

John Aucott, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.

Press release, Valneva. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 25, 2018

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