First you should wash your hands, and sterilize the set of tweezers. With tweezers, grasp the tick as close to its head or mouth as possible, and pull it straight out with a slow and steady motion (illustrations in second link). Be careful not to twist and not to leave the head or any part of the tick in your skin as you pull it out, or to squeeze, puncture, or crush it. Wash the bite with soap and water. You may want to save the tick in case symptoms of illness occur, then the doctor will have the opportunity to make an accurate diagnosis; to do so put it in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. If illness pursues, seek medical attention.
The first thing you need to do is remove the tick, in order to lower the risk of infection and disease. The proper method is to clean the area with rubbing alcohol, then pull the tick out with tweezers or gloves (not your bare hands). Gently pull the tick until it lets go, if you force or twist it parts may break off and stay in your skin. Flush the tick down the toilet, and re-clean the bite with rubbing alcohol again.
Once the tick is removed, you can apply ice to the spot to decrease pain and swelling. Medicines such as antibiotics and skin protectants can also be applied to help with the pain and other after effects of the bite. Do not scratch the area! You can apply an antihistamine to help with the itching.
Remove all parts of the tick, including its legs! Some ticks are tiny, so look over the bitten area closely. You might need tweezers to get it out of your skin. You can smother the tick with petroleum jelly or alcohol, if it helps. Clean the area with warm water and antibacterial soap. If the tick bite doesn’t heal on its own within a few days (it often does), then go to a doctor, and he will prescribe you a topical steroid or an antibiotic if it’s infected.
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