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What You Should Know About Tick Removal

Prevent Summer Sickness & Safely Remove A Tick

It’s common knowledge that the fall and winter bring on more colds and flu season is at its peak, but the summer time has many reasons for people to pay attention. Health risks are just as common when you’re outside. With many families looking forward to camping out this month, First Med Urgent Care wanted to cover information regarding tick removal.

A lot of people get that “crawly” feeling just thinking about these critters that belong to the arachnid family, but the best thing to do if you notice one attached to you is to not panic. The good news is that safely removing it is an easy step and doesn’t require any folklore remedies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best method for tick removal is utilizing a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.

You’ll want to grab the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, pull it upwards, and in one steady motion pull it out. Do not wriggle the tick around as this can leave remains of the tick in the skin. After removal, clean the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

To dispose of the tick you can choose to flush it down the toilet, wrap it a sealed bag and toss it in the trash, or submerge it in alcohol. Putting a live in tick in alcohol will suffocate it. This is a perfectly safe way to dispose of the tick. Never try to squeeze it between your bare fingers.

Why is it important to remove a tick as quickly as possible?

Leaving a tick inside your skin too long can cause infection and illness. Ticks also carry parasites, called Babesiosis, that can be spread. As if they weren’t gross enough already, right?

If you should develop rash or fever within weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. As always, the best preventative is to wear long sleeves and pants when hiking in woody areas and to wear bug repellant. Our urgent care staff wish the best for everyone. Have a safe and happy summer!