Thursday, February 2, 2012


If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick quite effectively.
How to remove a tick.

Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.

Force upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can make the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the peel. If this happens, take the mouth-parts with pairs of tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouthpiece well with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub up, or soap and H2O.

tweezers grasping a tick close to the skin's surface
tweezers pulling a tick away from the skin in an upward motion


If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.

Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to remove a tick as soon as you find it. Removing the tick completely may help you avoid diseases such as Lyme that the tick may pass on during feeding, or a skin infection where it bit you.
When you return home from areas where ticks might live, carefully examine your skin and scalp for ticks. Check your pets, too.

How to remove a tick

Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick. If you don't have tweezers, put on gloves or cover your hands with tissue paper, then use your fingers. Do not handle the tick with bare hands.

Grab the tick as close to its mouth (the part that is stuck in your skin) as you can. The body of the tick will be above your skin.

Do not grab the tick around its bloated belly. You could push infected fluid from the tick into your body if you squeeze it.

Gently pull the tick straight out until its mouth lets go of your skin. Do not twist or "unscrew" the tick. This may separate the tick's head from its body and leave parts of its mouth in your skin.
Put the tick in a dry jar or zip lock bag and save it in the freezer for later identification if necessary.

After the tick has been removed, wash the area of the tick bite with a lot of warm water and soap. A mild dish washing soap, such as Ivory, works well. Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water also.

NOTE: If you cannot remove a tick, call your doctor.

What to avoid

Do not try to:

Smother a tick that is stuck to your skin with petroleum jelly, nail polish, gasoline, or rubbing alcohol.
Burn the tick while it is stuck to your skin.

Smothering or important a control could make it release fluid-which could be infected-into your body and increase your chance of infection.

There are some tick-removal devices that you can buy. If you are about outdoors in areas where there are a lot of ticks, you may want to consider buying such a device.

Removing a tick from your cat or dog is easy if you just follow these simple steps.

To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet's bloodstream.

Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out.' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

Wash your hands thoroughly.

Please do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. DO NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

Beats, including tick larvae and nymphs (the two life stages that precede the metamorphosis into the adult tick form) favor a moist, shaded environment, especially areas with leaf litter and low-lying vegetation in wooded, brushy or overgrown grassy habitat. You do not need to be an avid outdoorsperson to come into contact with infected ticks. Since many mammals other than deer and dogs are hosts to the Ixodes ticks that carry Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia, infected ticks may be brought into suburban and urban settings by wildlife moving through the areas during the day and dark. Your dog or cat can bring them into the house, or you may get them sitting out in your yard. Other types of animals are hosts to ticks admitting these organisms, taking other mammals and other mammals. Other arthropods, such as mosquitoes, may turn out to successfully carry tickborne organisms.

In fact, 1 of the biggest sources of ticks isn't wild creatures, but your pet dogs and cats. The other major source of ticks is just being out-of-doors in fields where ticks are likely to be. Borrelia, and possibly other parasitic organisms living in the ticks, drives the ticks to rise up weeds and weeds and stay there during the day, waiting for a warm-blooded host to walk by close enough to grab onto their dressing or skin. When you are walking on hillside paths, the ticks will be congregated on plants along the uphill side of the path. So, the very ground on which you walk, the weeds you brush by or picnic on, and the fallen log you rest on are the most likely places humans will come into link with Ixodes pacificus in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Thus, one must become close with all the signs of these tickborne diseases in order to search appropriate testing and proactive, preventive treatment. Since only 50 percent or less of people finding ticks actually get the bull's-eye rash (erythema migrans)--or any rash--from a tick bite, one cannot rely on the presence or absence of such a rash to determine likelihood of infection.

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