Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to Remove a Burrowed Tick

Ticks are parasitic insects seen throughout North America. They are incredibly hardy and can even regrow portions of their body or legs after they are removed or damaged. Ticks attach themselves to hordes, both animals and humans, and get blood by cutting their host's skin or cover. While they do not consume a important amount of blood, they are knew to spread dangerous pathogens, including Lyme's disease. It is dangerous to completely remove a burrowed tick. Leaving only a small part of the head, for example, can let the tick to survive and eventually reclaim its body.

How to Remove a Burrowed Tick
  • Transfer clothing and brush away hair or different obstacles near the burrowed tick. If you are transferring a tick from an animal, have different person hold it still if possible. If a human has the tick, have them sit or set down while you remove it. Place the burn under a light source to improve visibility.
  • Dip a cotton swab or paper towel with rubbing alcohol liberally. Pressure it out over the tick bite or tap around the involved area. You can also dump a small amount through the area if no swabs are available. Use as much as needed to saturate the skin around the tick. The alcohol may sting if the tick bite is sizable sufficient to provide it through to more confidential layers of the skin.
  • Keep the tick for 20 to 30 minutes to see if it releases its grip or tries to back out of the skin. Apply more rubbing alcohol 2 to 3 more times as you expect. The liquid cuts off the burrowed tick's breathing and makes it better to remove without leaving any parts embedded in the skin.
  • Put on latex gloves if desired, and place a finger from each hand on either side of the burrowed tick. Softly squeeze beneath the tick to push it out of the cavity. Apply pressure consistently and move your fingers closer to the tick's head. Repeat this movement until the tick's head is near the surface of the skin.
  • Grip the tick's head with a match of tweezers, but don't apply too much force as it may cause the tick's body to rupture, which will take it difficult to completely remove. Slowly pull the tick from the wound, examine it closely as you do so to be secure you have the whole insect in the tweezers.
  • Deposit the tick in a toilet, sink or container. Examine the bite wrapped closely, look for any continuing pieces of the tick in the wound. Tick bodies are dark, normally black or brown, and should stand out against most skin tones. Pull any remaining pieces out with the tweezers, then use a small amount of rubbing alcohol to sterilize the wrapped.

Things You'll Need

•Paper towel
•Rubbing alcohol
•Latex or plastic gloves (optional)

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