Ticks that Stick! Get them off quick!

Removal

  •  Apply a moderate amount of liquid soap to a wet cotton ball
  • Press firmly on tick
  • Rub in a counter-clockwise motion
  • The tick should then release.
  • Repeat procedure if needed.

Prevention

  • After outside play, check skin and hair-especially the scalp, behind the ears, the neck and under the arms.
  • When playing in wooded areas, children should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and tuck pant legs into the socks.
  • Use an insect repellent with 10% DEET.

When to call our office:

  • The tick has been on the skin for more than 24 hours
  • Part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal.
  • A bulls-eye rash appears (3-5 weeks after bite).
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting, and muscle and joint aches (3-5 weeks after bite).

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