How to Remove a Tick
CLEAN THE SITE with alcohol or another disinfectant before removing the tick.
GRASP THE TICK AS CLOSELY TO THE SKIN AS POSSIBLE using a tweezers. If fingers are used, cover them with a tissue, a paper towel or rubber gloves.
PULL UP WITH STEADY, EVEN PRESSURE. Do not twist or jerk, as this may cause the mouth parts to break off, leaving them and the cement collar in the skin.
DO NOT SQUEEZE, CRUSH OR PUNCTURE THE BODY OF THE TICK, as its fluids may contain germs that can cause disease.
After removing the tick, thoroughly DISINFECT THE BITE SITE and WASH HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER.
APPLY AN ADHESIVE BANDAGE to prevent infection.
GET RID OF TICKS SAFELY by placing them in a container of alcohol or flushing them down the toilet.
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