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How To Remove a Tick

Removing a Tick Safely
Removing a Tick Safely

  1. Using a pair of fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick by the head or mouth (not the body). Do not use a match, petroleum jelly, or alcohol, any of which could cause the tick to burrow deeper.
  2. Pull firmly and steadily outward. Don't twist the tick as you pull.
  3. Clean the bite wound with disinfectant.
  4. Watch the site closely for several weeks, and be on the lookout for symptoms of Lyme disease.

Although doctors stress that you don't need to get a tick analyzed, some parents feel better knowing whether or not it's a Lyme carrier. If you'd like to have it tested, save the tick in a dry glass vial or a zipper-top plastic bag, then check to see if your local health department has a tick-test policy, or try calling private labs in your area.