How to Safely Remove a Tick

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Most of us have heard about the conventional ways of removing ticks form people or animals. Some will tell you to light a match, blow it out and then apply the hot match to the tick’s body. This is not a good idea as you might accidentally burn the person or animal that you are trying to help. Another conventional way of removing a tick is to pinch the tick with tweezers and pull the insect out of your victim. Again, this is not a good idea because you run the risk of tearing the tick’s body away from the embedded head, which will leave the head inside the victim. This can cause an infection.

A very safe way to remove a tick from an animal or person, is to grab any sort of liquid soap and apply it to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the cotton ball, gently swabbing for about 20 seconds. The tick will come out on its own and will be stuck to the cotton ball. If you are unsure whether you are dealing with a tick, you can put the tick in a sealed container and take it to your local Health Department so that they can examine the insect.

Ticks are ranked high on the list of insects that carry diseases. Some of these diseases can be debilitating. A good way to prevent a tick bite is to apply a DEET repellant to exposed skin and cover as much of your body with clothing as you can. Wear a hat and tuck your pants into your socks whenever you are at risk of being exposed to ticks. Check yourself thoroughly when you come in from outside. A lot of tick bites can be prevented if caught early as ticks will crawl around before biting.

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