What Is the Best Way to Remove a Tick?

By Diane Griffith, Staff Writer, myOptumHealth
6/24/2011 8:42:55 AM

After a fun day outdoors, you come home and notice a tick on your child's head. Do you know what to do? Here's what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

-Using a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull it straight out until it releases its hold on the skin.

-To reduce the chance of contact with the bacteria, try not to crush the tick's body. Parts of the tick's mouth may remain in your skin, but once the body is removed they cannot transmit Lyme disease.

-After you remove the tick, thoroughly cleanse the area with soap and warm water.

-Never use mineral oil, nail polish, petroleum jelly or a hot match to remove a tick.

You greatly reduce your chance of getting Lyme disease if you remove a tick before it's been attached for 48 hours.

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