2013-06-12 / News

Safe tick removal

The safest way to remove a tick is to grasp it firmly close to the skin with tweezers. Pull steadily until the tick lets go of the skin. Avoid crushing the tick or squeezing or twisting its body.

Wash the site of the tick bite with soap and warm water. Apply antiseptic or alcohol if you have accidentally crushed the tick.

Disinfect the tweezers afterwards. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you’re through.

Don’t use petroleum jelly or a hot match to kill or remove a tick.

Remove a tick from the skin as soon as possible because the risk of infection increases within 24 to 72 hours.

See your doctor for possible diagnosis, testing and treatment.

Sources: Centers For Disease Control, the Lyme Disease Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Health websites.

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