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How to Remove a Tick

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How to Remove a Tick

Ticks are really disgusting little bugs. They latch onto your skin and suck out your blood. They are just as likely to go after a person as they are an animal, and you might not even know that they're there! Worst of all, there is a chance that you can get a disease from one of the little monsters. And Lyme Disease isn't something that you want! If you live in a place where they are, you should learn how to remove a tick.

Gather Your Equipment

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You don't need a lot to remove a tick, so it's best to always keep the equipment on hand. Most of these things are likely to be found in a standard first aid kit, making it even easier to have at the ready. To remove a tick, you're going to need a pair of fine-tipped tweezers; something to clean the area with, such as alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water; and, possibly, a bandage.

Grab

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Now that you have your equipment ready, it's time for the tricky part:  Getting a good hold on the tick. Depending on where the tick has latched on to, you might be able to do this by yourself. However, if it isn't at a good angle, solicit a friend or family member for help. With the fine-tipped tweezers, you or your assistant will want to grip the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.

Pull

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Now, for the potentially messy part. Once either you or someone else has grasped the tick as close to the skin as absolutely possible, it's time for the actual removal! Ticks don't like to let go, so it can cause some bleeding, mostly on the tick's part, though. Pull the tick upwards with a steady, even pressure. Don't jerk! That might just rip it in half, leaving part on your skin.

Clean

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After the tick has been removed from your skin, dispose of the tick in the most secure way possible. A great choice is flushing it. Afterwards, you'll need to do some rudimentary first aid on yourself. Using the alcohol, iodine, or soap and water, gently wash the area until it is clean. You might also want to use an antibiotic cream, or even an antihistamine cream, if it is itching. Bandage if necessary.

Monitor

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This step actually takes a while. For a few weeks, or even months, you should monitor the area of the tick bite for the most classic symptom of Lyme Disease:  The bullseye rash. It will appear as a red rash around the area, in the shape of a bullseye; it is really hard to miss. If you see it, you should speak  to a physician as soon as you can.

Ticks aren't fun to have around, but knowing how to remove them if you find one is a first aid skill that will likely come in handy. Just remember:  Gather, Grab, Pull, Clean, Monitor!

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