Bitten by a Tick? Read This...

Folklore remedies such as covering the tick bite with petroleum jelly or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin are not the recommended means of removal.  Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible and in one piece.  Avoid squeezing the tick with your fingers since this may increase the chance that any pathogens are transferred to your body.

  1. Using a tick-removal device or tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Be careful not to crush the tick.
  2. Gently and steadily, pull the tick in the opposite direction in which it entered the skin.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite area with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water. Do this for your hands also.
  4. Save the tick for testing (alive if possible) in a small bottle or plastic bag with a green leaf or damp piece of tissue.
  5. Label the container with the following information: Your name, date, geographic location where you believe you acquired the tick, site of bite on your body, and how long the tick was attached.
  6. Contact a physician to determine the next course of action. The best tests for Lyme are IgG and IgM Western Blots tests. The best testing lab is IGeneX labs in Palo Alto, CA. www.igenex.com
  7. Start a diary if you begin experiencing any of the common symptoms associated with Lyme disease.

Helpful videos showing ways to remove a tick.

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