What to Do:
- If the tick is still attached to the skin, remove it:
Put the tick in alcohol to kill it.
Wash your hands and the site of the bite with soap and water.
Swab the bite with alcohol.
- Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the head of the tick close to the skin.
- Firmly and steadily pull the tick straight out of the skin. Do not twist the tick, or rock it from side to side while removing it.
Call a doctor if:
· The tick may have been on the skin for more than 24 hours
· Part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal
· A rash of any kind (especially a red-ringed bull’s eye rash) develops
· The area looks infected (increasing redness, warmth, swelling, pain, or oozing pus)
· Symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue, chills, stiff neck or back, or muscle or joint aches develop
- While in wooded areas, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Spray insect repellent (containing no more than 10% to 30% DEET) on exposed skin and clothing. Always check skin after being in wooded areas – especially the scalp, behind the ears, the neck, under the arms, and the groin.