You hear of many creative ways to remove a tick that has attached to your body, but truth is, the best way to remove a tick is like this.
Ticks are vile little creatures that attach to your body and cause different diseases. An unfed adult tick is the size of an apple seed, some are even as small as a poppyseed, so taking these bugs off of your body takes some precision.
Fine-tip tweezers are the best way to do that and the best way to remove a tick.
The best way to remove a tick is to first disinfect the area. Use fine-tip tweezers not standard household tweezers.
Fine-tip tweezers allow you to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Once you have a hold of the tick, pull straight out with steady, even pressure.
Avoid breaking the head or mouth area by pulling straight out and not twisting as you pull. If the head/mouth does break off and stay in your skin, try removing it with the tweezers.
If you can’t remove it, leave it alone and let the skin heal. Harmful diseases cannot spread without the body of the tick. Disinfect the area again once the tick is detached.
Do not apply nail polish, petroleum jelly, or heat in attempt to remove a tick. Your goal is to remove a tick as quickly as possible and not waiting for it to detach by itself. If you cannot remove the tick yourself, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
You must also dispose of the tick in a safe manner. The best ways are to submerge the tick in alcohol, place it in a sealed bag or container, wrap it tightly in tape, or flush it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
If you develop a rash or fever within the next few weeks of removing a tick, contact your doctor right away. Report to them of your tick bite, when you got bitten, and where you may have acquired the tick.
For more information about ticks and tick removal, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.