Tick Removal

If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick quite effectively.

How to remove a tick:
Tick removal. CDC Image

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  • Pull upward with a steady even pressure. Don't twist or jerk; this can cause mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, wash the area well and leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water. A deodorant soap such as Dial has antibacterial compounds which may be helpful.

 

Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or suffocating it with Vaseline, or using a cigarette or other hot object to force the tick to detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible, not waiting around to see if it will let go or not.