Ticks can be found anywhere, and are especially annoying during the summer months. As we all know, ticks carry dangerous diseases such as tick paralysis, rocky mountain fever, and Lyme Syndrome. If any of these arachnids attach to you or your pet, here we will show you how to remove them.
- Find the head of the tick. In most cases, it will be buried beneath the skin.
- Put hydrogen peroxide on the area.
- Pull it out with tweezers. The tweezers will help you a lot to pull the tick, and it is quite likely that you have a pair in your house.
- Get a pair of pointed tweezers. The smaller they are the better.
- Grab the head of the tick. Put the tweezers as close to the mouth of the tick as possible. Do not grab the body of the tick. This will cause you to inject saliva or blood into your skin increasing the chances of transmitting disease.
- Pull hard and tight. Avoid turning it, pulling it too hard, or moving the tongs while pulling. It is common to pull a piece of skin while removing it, as it happens when you pull a long hair.
- Remove the tick with a piece of string or floss. If you do not have tweezers on hand, a piece of rope can help.
- Roll the rope around the head of the tick. As close to your skin as possible.
Tie a knot around your head.
- Pull the tip of the tick upward in a smooth, firm motion.
- Keep the tick in a plastic bag (optional) If you think the tick carries a disease, you can save it for examination.
- Make sure you take the whole tick off. If the head of the tick is still in your skin, and you will see it, do not worry, visit a doctor.
- Treat the wound with antiseptic. You can use alcohol to prevent the spread of diseases by ticks. This is most effective immediately after the tick has been removed.
- Be aware of your symptoms. In the case of Lyme Syndrome or some other tick disease, you have to tell the doctor when you noticed the tick, when you took it off, and what symptoms you felt.
Make sure there is no inflammation in the bite area after you have removed the tick, if you notice it, visit a doctor.
Usually ticks are not noticed until you look at them. After having been in an area where there are enough ticks, be sure to check yourself and your pets for ticks.
Learn to recognize the symptoms of Lyme Syndrome. Lyme Syndrome is usually characterized by large, dark skin sores that look like shooting targets, although other symptoms may be experienced.
Removing the tick as soon as possible after being bitten reduces the risk of transmitting disease. You are not very likely to get Lyme Syndrome if the tick has only been biting you for 24 hours or less