It's fairly familiar for a tick's head to continue imbedded in your skin when you pull the tick itself away with tweezers, no thing how sure you were about the extraction attempt. If you inspect the tick bite and find that the tick's head or mouth parts are still embedded, don't panic.
Simple Steps to Removing the Tick's Head from your Skin
- Sterilize the needle by holding it close beside--but not actually inside--a candle, lighter or stove flame. Or Else, you can rob the pointed end of the needle in a small cup of rubbing alcohol for about a minute.
- Use the fixed tip of the needle to cautiously fish the tick head away from your skin. Insert the needle into the first or second layers of your skin just beside the tick's head, no up the head. Think of it as removing a sliver, and try to get the needle "hooked" under the head or mouth parts to pull them out.
- Repeat the procedure, taking sterilization, if required, with fine-tipped tweezers; some people will find one method or the other to be much simpler.
- Wash the bite area and your hands good with soap and water once the tick's head has been extracted.
Things You'll Need
•Needle or fine-tipped tweezers
•Candle, lighter or gas stove