Tips to Remove a Tick

The prevalence of ticks is increasing across the country–and the diseases they can carry are very troubling including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome.

We love these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology on how to remove a tick that is attached to your skin:

  1. Use rubbing alcohol to sterilize the tip of tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as you can.
  2. Use an even pressure to pull upward on the tick with a steady motion–you don’t want to squeeze or crush the tick which can leave part of it remaining in your skin.
  3. Clean the area where the bite is with soap and water.

You may want to save the tick by placing it in a sealed bag or submersing in alcohol in case you develop any symptoms post bite and it can then be tested for disease.

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