What to do

 Tick removal

How to remove a tick

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible
  • Pull upwards 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. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, visit your doctor who can remove this safely.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible - not waiting for it to detach.


If you develop fever /flu like symptoms within days to several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you most likely acquired the tick. Place the tick in a ziplock bag and freeze. Take this to the doctor.

Please refer to ILADS recommended course of prophylactic treatment by the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society.

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