Removing Ticks Frank
There are three types of common tick, the dog tick, wood tick, and the
deer tick. Deer ticks are the usual carriers of Lyme disease and
dog and wood ticks tend to harbor Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Here are some important facts about both:
Here are tips on removing a tick:
- ticks can be found in wooded areas year round. So look !
- the longer a tick is embedded, the more likely it can transmit
- only fewer than one out of ten ticks carry these diseases.
- always mark your calendar on the day the tick is found. Signs
of disease may not show up for 10 to 21 days later.
- ticks tend to embed in areas of high blood flow and heat, such
as skin creases and scalp.
- do not burn the tick with a match! do not use gasoline,
turpentine or any irritating chemical to make the tick “back out”.
All of these actions will cause the tick to vomit on the skin near
the wound it created to suck blood. That’s the way Lyme disease
and RMSF enter the human body.
- remove the tick by flipping it straight up from the skin using a
pair of tweezers or multi-folded paper towel. Then pull outwards in
a brisk fashion such that the entire head and a small piece of skin
is still attached to the tick. Never use bare fingers to remove
- Wash the bite area thoroughly with warm soapy water and apply
These health tips are offered for your common sense
use and are not intended to take the place of a visit to your doctor.
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