Safe Tick Removal
If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by a tick and it remains attached to the skin then follow these simple steps to get it out safely. Alternatively consider buying a Tick Twister, designed especially for removing ticks. It is important to remove a tick gently leaving the tick and its mouthparts intact. Squeezing too hard can cause the tick to regurgitate fluid containing bacteria for Lyme disease among other infections. It is important to note that the use of heat, alcohol, petroleum jelly or fingernail polish on an embedded tick is not effective.
- Using thin tweezers grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull upwards with a steady even pressure.
- Don't twist or jerk the tick as the mouth parts may become detached and remain in the skin.
- Pull firmly enough to raise the skin and hold at this position steadily. (See picture below)
- When the tick is detached seal in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. If you should develop any flu like symptoms or get a rash go straight to your GP and take the tick with you.
- After removing the tick wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic cream.