How to Remove a Tick

Ticks are an irritating kind of parasite much like nits that live on our skin and suck out blood, swelling in size as they do. They tend to attach when we walk through long grass and are also often found on pets. Removing a tick then is something you might have to do either for yourself, or for your pet dog or cat. If you do not then it will inject its saliva continuously into the body of the host which can spread bacteria and causes diseases such as Lyme disease, or cause swelling, redness and irritation. The faster you remove the tick, the more likely you are to avoid transmission of bacteria.

When you do remove ticks however, either way it is important to be careful when taking them out. The reason for this is that a tick has long legs/mouth parts that burrow into the skin and that can otherwise be left behind if they are not removed gently. This then leaves the wound open and results in a high likelihood of infection.

How to Remove a Tick

– The best method for removing ticks then is to pull them off gently. You must not burst or pop the tick (however much you may want to) as not only will this leave the tick behind, but may also release more bacteria.

– Purchase a tick remover. These clasp onto the tick and twist it in a specific way (do not attempt to twist yourself with tweezers) thus pulling the legs gently out while avoiding pressure.

– Failing this use tweezers and hold the body of the tick as close to the skin as possible. Then use a very gentle and steady pulling pressure to slip it out of your skin. Do not try to force it – this may take time.

– Immediately after, disinfect the wound to prevent infection.

– You may want to take the precautionary method of placing the tick into a jar of alcohol, or freezing it in a bag of water. This not only ensure that it does not latch onto another pet or family member at a later date, but also could be useful for doctor’s to examine in case you do suffer from an infection at a later date.

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  1. So can I get lyme disease or another illness from having a ticks blood on my fingers/open wound if it were to pop?

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