Knowing how to remove a tick is a useful thing for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors or who owns a pet, especially during flea and tick season. The truth is that there are specific tick-borne diseases, like Lyme disease, and this is one of the main reason why you should watch out for these pests. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do for successful tick removal!
Tick Removal Best Practices
The best thing you can do for yourself and your pet is to prevent ticks from biting in the first place. Wear long pants and sleeves when you’re spending your time outdoors. There are also some insect repellents that keep ticks from biting. Despite your best efforts, there is still a chance that you or your pet will attract a tick or two. So it’s important to be prepared by understanding how to remove them from the skin.
The best way to remove a tick is to simply pull them straight out of the skin using tweezers or a special tick remover tool. If you don’t have a tool on hand to use, you can attempt to remove it using your fingers; however, you should never touch the tick with your bare hands since diseases can be transmitted by its secretions. Use medical gloves if you have them; if not, any kind of barrier is better than nothing.
With tweezers, you need to be careful that you don’t squeeze the head and neck of the tick so hard that you break it. Do it properly by applying some pressure to grab the body right where the neck and head are attached to the skin and then pull the tick straight out firmly but gently. Do not jerk or pull at an angle; the head or mouth parts may break off and remain in the skin, which could cause an infection.
After a tick has been removed, it’s important to wash your hands using soap and water. Also wash the bite itself and use an antiseptic.
To safely dispose of the tick, don’t crush it with your hands; you can flush it down the toilet, stick it to a piece of tape and throw it away, or place it in a container filled with alcohol or soapy water.
If you notice a rash within several weeks of removing a tick, you should see your doctor.
Always check your pets for ticks after they’ve been outside. If you don’t inspect your pet regularly, it can carry an infected tick that might fall off your pet and attach to you.
Tick Removal Don’ts
There are several remedied for tick removal that you need to avoid. Touching it with a hot match is a common one. Other ineffective methods include covering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish in order to suffocate it. These methods are said to make the tick pull away from the skin, but they actually have the opposite effect and force the tick to hold even tighter. You shouldn’t use these methods since they can easily increase the risk of infection.
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