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The Proper Way to Remove a Live Tick: You Need to Know This

’tis the season… for ticks. 

Ticks can be annoying and dangerous. According to the CDC, “your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.”

Here’s a video that demonstrates that technique.

There is another variation, which is NOT recommended by the CDC, but is instead a method using petroleum or water on a Q-tip. It is important to note that this is considered “folklore” medicine.

The CDC does not endorse this method because the objective is to remove the tick as quickly as possible. Using tweezers is the quickest way to remove a tick but if not done carefully it can cause the head to stay under the skin.

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The Proper Way to Remove a Live Tick: You Need to Know This