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How to remove a tick from human skin

Updated on August 5, 2010
A common deer tick
A common deer tick

Oh my God, a tick is biting you!

Alright, so you've got a tick stuck in your skin, don't panic. These things are tricky to remove and you don't want to just pinch it and pull it out, because you'll release all sorts of nasty germs from the tick into your body. The best thing you can do right now is find a pair of pointy tweezers (not the ones with the flat end). Put the tweezer parallel to your skin and carefully pinch the tick right where it enters your skin. Now carefully pull it upward. You'll notice that your skin will pull upwards too, this is normal as that tick really knows how to hold on tight. Eventually, if you're careful enough when pulling upward, the tick will release. Now put it in a Ziploc bag in case you need an expert to identify the species later. Resist the urge to crush it into a messy pulp. Pathogen transmission generally occurs after many hours (up to 24) of attachment to the body, so if you know the tick recently attached and you removed it there is little chance of contracting Lyme Disease. It's a good idea to learn the symptoms and keep a watchful eye on the bite area anyway. Here's a video showing how easy tick removal is:

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