Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. But even the kinds that don’t can pass along other nasty infections.
If you find a tick attached to you, a family member, or a pet, quick and complete removal is key. Follow these tips for success:
- Using fine-point tweezers or a special tick-removing tool, grasp the tick as close to your skin’s surface as you can.
- Pull straight out with steady and even pressure. Avoid squeezing or breaking the tick.
- You may wish save the tick in case you decide to have it tested by a lab, health department, or veterinarian for diseases. Place it in a small plastic bag or vial with a moist cotton ball to prevent the tick from drying out.
- Wash hands thoroughly. Disinfect the tweezers and the site of the bite.
- See your healthcare practitioner if you exhibit a red rash at the site of the tick bite, flu-like symptoms, or joint pains within the first few weeks after being bitten. These may signal Lyme disease.