How to Remove a Tick
In South Florida, it is a good possibility that you will sooner or later, run into a tick or two.
Removing a tick may become necessary at one point or another.
Anyone who loves animals has experienced this bloodsucker before.
If you find a tick attached to you, it’s ok, don’t worry. Removing it is rather easy.
All you need is a plain old set of tweezers and you can remove a tick quite effectively.
How to Remove a Tick Properly
- Use a set of tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this will
- cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the tick’s skin.
- If this does happen, remove the mouth-parts with fine tweezers. If you are unable to
- remove the mouth easily with clean-fine tweezers, leave it, and let the skin heal over it.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands, with rubbing alcohol, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.
- Don’t crush a tick with your fingers.
See a doctor if rash or fever occurs within a few weeks of the tick encounter.
Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where
you most likely picked up the tick.