Eeek!! I’ve got a tick on my body

Object of the Month: 11/2012

What is it?:

Black-legged tick

Removing ticks
Removing ticksCourtesy CDC
Now what should you do? The tools to fix this problem should be nearby. A fine-tipped tweezers can do the job just fine. Follow these steps:
1. Use a fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers.
3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.
4. If the tick’s head breaks off and remains in your skin, the disease pathogens are still able to infect you. See a doctor as soon as possible.

You can learn more about tick removal at this Center for Disease Control webpage.