Tick bites need to be taken very seriously. There are simple steps to removing a tick from a bite. Although many times people have received a bite from a tick and are unaware they have been bitten, so there is no process of removing the tick. Anytime someone knows they have been bit by a tick they should act on the cautious side, as ticks are the carriers of many diseases. If you are unaware that you were bit and develop flu-like symptoms and are unsure why, it is best to go to a doctor, just in case. Even if you know that you were bit by a tick flu-like symptoms are still a side effect, it is only later that they may develop into something worse.
If you are bit by a tick and remove it you should keep the tick, just in case a week or so later you become ill. Keeping the tick will help your doctor figure out what could be wrong. Removing a tick is simple, but tricky as its mouth parts are embedded in the skin. Here is how to remove a tick:
- Put gloves on.
- Get tweezers to assist in the removal, do no use your fingers because you might squeeze the tick.
- Put the tweezers as close as you can to the ticks head.
- Forcefully pull straight forward, yanking the tick away from the skin.
- Do not twist and or turn the tick when pulling.
- Sometimes the mouth parts may stay embedded in the skin, if so take your tweezers and remove them. If they seem too deep it is best to go to a doctor to have them removed.
- Once the tick is removed put it in a container with some alcohol, to kill it. Keep the tick in the container in case you become ill later.
- Some people will just flush the tick down the toilet; it’s up to the individual.
- Clean the bite mark thoroughly.
- Put an antibiotic cream on the mark to help prevent an infection, although it will not help prevent any diseases the tick might have spread.
- Make sure all items used during the removal process have either been thrown out or cleaned thoroughly.
Ticks also bite pets, like dogs and cats, if you are to find a tick on your pet these same steps can be used in removing the tick. Whether it’s a bite on a person or a pet, make sure to keep an eye on the bite mark for up to two weeks. During this time a disease may have been transmitted. For people it is also important to pay close attention to the symptoms they might develop.