How to remove a tick.
Ticks and Lyme disease.
New Jersey is a hot spot for Lyme disease. The ticks are found in wooded areas with lots of bushes and grasses. The disease is transmitted to humans from infected deer and mice ticks from about May to September.
The tick is typically found in warm moist areas such as underarms, back of the knees.
The tick must be attached to the human host for at least 36 to 48 hours to transmit disease.
It attaches and feeds from the host blood then falls off.
Not all ticks carry the bacteria that causes lyme disease.
The first symptom for 80% of people is the development of a bull’s-eye rash. (It may not always be this shape though). This can occur within a week. It starts as a small red circle and enlarges.
The tick can be as small as a poppy seed.
If you find a tick on your child, do not delay:
How to remove a tick
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.