If you find a tick crawling on your skin, it has probably not bitten you yet. It can be easily brushed off of the skin. If you find a tick that is attached to your skin, it is important that you remove it right away. Do NOT Use petroleum jelly, nail polish, a hot match or other products to remove a tick! Instead, follow these directions for proper tick removal:
- Grasp the tick with tweezers as close to your skin as possible.
- Pull the tick straight out, using a firm, steady motion. Do not twist, squish or burn an attached tick.
- Apply an antiseptic to the bite area after removing the tick. Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Save the tick for identification. If you have concerns or feel symptoms, consult your doctor. He or she may want you to submit the tick for testing.
- If redness or pain develops at the tick bite site or the tick cannot be removed, consult your doctor.
Remember, prompt removal of ticks can help prevent disease transmission!
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