How to Effectively Remove a Tick

You’ve no doubt been annoyed by a mosquito or two. However, ticks are more dangerous than the mosquito. Disease-carrying ticks are prevalent throughout the United States. You know they carry all kinds of diseases but did you know that it isn’t the bite that causes the real problem? It’s actually the saliva that is transfers the bacteria from the tick to the bitten recipient’s skin. However, there are two treatments that can help a tick bite.

Above else, remove the tick.
Secondly, clean and disinfect the area the tick was located.

How To Remove a Tick

While there are many thoughts as to how to get rid of tick, there isn’t an easy way to do so. Yet, if you want to stop any infection, you must be rid of it. However, you want to do so in a manner that does not make it give it contents back to you through the wound. Burning it with a match or using some sort of chemical works. There’s a catch: you may still get the saliva in your skin.

When a tick is removed, it’s not uncommon to find its mouth and head still inside the skin. A tick’s mouth is barbed. This is what lets it stay secured. If you want the tick removal to be effective, make sure you use tweezers or forceps to remove it. Pull it straight up, making sure not to twist them. Twisting will increase the chances of it being partially left inside.

Should the tick be removed with no problems, don’t be surprised to see a crater-like wound. If there is any tick parts remaining, use tweezers to remove it. If you cannot do this yourself, be sure you get medical help.

Be careful while you are removing the tick so not to touch it with any item other than the tweezers. Get rid of it by toilet or sink.

Cleaning the Site

After it’s been removed, clean the wound completely. Use soap and water then a mild disinfectant. After you get this done, wash your hands thoroughly so cross contamination cannot occur. Be sure to keep an eye on the sight for the next several days and repeat treatment with disinfectant and antibiotic cream.

As long as you follow these tips, the wound should not have an infection. However, it’s not always improbable that the tick transmitted a disease. Should a tick patient get sick, be sure you seek medical attention and the staff is conscious of the tick bite.


Unknown said...

I'm having a big problem with ticks in my yard. We have been treating the dogs but new ticks are showing up on them even with Fontline plus. Anything I can do in the yard to get rid of this nasty thing?
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Your local pet store will have good medicines to remove ticks from your yard. They are quite common

Unknown said...

That was the case with us and our vet told us to shave the hair on the dog in the area where we were applying the Frontline to ensure absorption. Ever since we began doing this, our dog hasn't come in with any ticks attached.