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What to Do When You Find a Tick

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

If you find the tick on yourself or on your child, you should remove it immediately. It’s not the sort of thing you ignore, in the hope that the bug will detach itself in due course. And there are step-by-step guidelines you really need to follow if you want to avoid being infected with the many known tick diseases (more about that later).

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How to Get Rid of Ticks

According to one of our most reliable sources ̶ the CDC ̶ should you find a tick fastened on to your skin, don’t panic. The trick here is to remove the offending tick as soon as possible.

Here are the seven steps to safely remove a tick from your skin. They are, in order:

  1. Put on rubber gloves.

  2. Use small tweezers to grip the tick as close to the subject’s skin’s as possible.

  3. Pull up with even pressure and detach the tick, carefully. Do not jerk of twist the tick since this may cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.

  4. Disinfect the bite site, then clean your hands with alcohol or soap and water.

  5. Send the tick for testing, if possible. Assuming that you still have the offending tick, having it tested will quickly determine which infection you may be dealing with. This, in turn, will help your physician to follow the appropriate treatment protocol(s).

Here are a few of top testing labs: