Experts Reveal The Safest Way To Remove A Tick From Your Body

If you plan weekends outdoors in rural forest areas, or even in the city park, be prepared for ticks.

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Ticks are the most active from April to September. They fall from trees and bushes and cling to the skin. It is often a problem to detect them due to their small size and a painless bite.

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Ticks spread the dangerous Lyme disease, which still has no vaccine. That’s why being aware and taking preventive measures may save you.

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However, not all ticks are dangerous. If you spot an insect on your body, do not panic. Remove the blood-sucker as fast as possible!

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However, do it right! Why is it so important to be careful when you remove a tick? Because pulling it out the wrong way may leave the head stuck in the skin, causing an infection.

Follow these simple steps, which are recommended by the Center For Disease Control And Prevention, if you have to remove the insect from your body:

1. Grasp the tick with fine-tipped tweezers as close to your skin as possible.

2. Pull it up with a steady motion.

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3. Pull the tick perpendicular to your skin.

4. After removing the insect, disinfect the affected skin area by rubbing alcohol, soap or any other disinfectants.

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5. Dispose of it by flushing it down the toilet, or putting it in alcohol.

DO NOT:

1. Twist or jerk the insect. It may tear it apart and leave the mouth parts in your skin.

2. Do not use chemicals or heat to remove it.

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3. Do not crush the tick with your nails or fingers after you detach it from your skin.

4. If the head or any mouth part gets stuck, leave it alone and let the skin heal naturally. If you develop redness or an itch, visit your doctor. Digging into the skin or trying to scratch the head out may lead to skin infection.

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Make sure you disinfect the area, though.

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Listen to your body, and visit your doctor if you notice these symptoms within 2 or 3 weeks after a tick bite: fever, rash, dizziness, fatigue, joints pain or stiffness. Be sure to inform the doctors about the tick bite.

Source: Center For Disease Control and Prevention

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not treat yourself, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.

 

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