Here’s What You Need To Do If A Tick Lands On You
If a tick lands on you, you need to know what to do in order to remove it. Otherwise, you risk an infection and you may jeopardize your health.
Ticks are particularly dangerous in the spring and summer, and therefore you need to cautious, especially outdoors in nature. If a tick has already bitten you, don’t panic. All you need to do is remove it. Here are a few steps on how to do this properly.
How To Properly Remove A Tick
The first step is disinfection with rubbing alcohol. If you do not have it at hand, any other type of strong alcohol can do the job. It is important not to touch the ticks with anything greasy, as this will increase the risk of borreliosis, or Lyme disease. Namely, the tick may begin to suffocate, empty its stomach content into the wound and convey borrelia bacteria.
It’s recommendable to remove ticks with tweezers, with round and blunt ends. You can even find tweezers specially designed to remove ticks in pharmacies. Also, it would be good to wear gloves while doing the removal procedure.
Catch the tick as close as possible to the skin, and slowly and steadily pull it up. Do not swing it to the left and right, or turn it clockwise or counterclockwise. Simply, just pull up. This will ensure that the mouth and head of the tick are removed as well.
Once you remove the bloodsucking insect, make sure to disinfect the skin again.
3. What’s Safe Is Safe
Dip the removed tick into the disinfecting alcohol, wrap it in paper and throw it away in the toilet bowl. If you throw it outside in nature, make sure to bury it into the ground, or to throw it into running water. Also, disinfect the tweezers you have used and wash your hands thoroughly. What’s safe is safe, and you have to protect yourself from infection.
You can also watch the following video for instructions.
How to properly remove a tick