A tick stuck its head in your sensitive skin? Yeah, you should be concerned, but at the same time you should know how to remove it completely without leaving its head there.
Most of us already know how dangerous a tick bite can be for humans, but removing it immediately and disinfecting the area may prevent developing any lime disease.
However, there are many ways in removing a tick – from burning it with a cigarette to rubbing it with petroleum jelly or painting it with nail polish, but let’s leave these solutions behind and focus on the safely and less dangerous way in extracting a tick from your skin alongside with its head.
- Pointy tweezers
- Good eyes
- A magnifying glass (optional)
How to proceed:
- Do not handle the tick directly. Use fine tweezers and avoid blunt eyebrow tweezers. Gloves may be a suitable alternative if tweezers are unavailable and the tick is large enough to grasp with your fingers.
- Hold the tick as close to its mouthparts as possible. It will be these parts that are attached to the skin.
- Do not squeeze the distended belly of the tick, as this could cause fluid to be squeezed into your body and increase the risk of disease transmission.
- Gently pull the tick away from your body. Do not twist it, as this may snap off the mouthparts, which will remain in your skin and pose a risk of transmitting pathogens.
- If the mouthparts of the tick remain in the skin, try to remove them with the tweezers.
- Keep the tick in a dry jar, pill bottle, or zipper storage bag should later identification be needed. Store the tick for up to 10 days in the freezer or refrigerator, and label it with the bite date and location.
- Wash your hands and the area of the bite with warm, soapy water. You may want to use an antibiotic ointment on the area for extra protection.