What to Do If You Get a Tick Bite

What to do if you get a tick biteIt’s almost summer, and that means most people will soon be spending a lot more time outdoors. No matter whether you’ll be camping or just playing in the backyard, you should know what to do if you get a tick bite, since Lyme is a nasty disease. Real Simple magazine just published a great article with tips on what to do if you get a tick bite. From the story:

1. First, Don’t Panic
…it could take anywhere from 12 to 72 hours to infect you…

2. Grab Your Tweezers
…Aim tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pull the tick straight out. Then leave the site alone…

3. Stash the Bugger
Remember: The tick has to be a carrier of disease and be attached for a while to make you sick. But holding on to it will make it easier to test if needed. Use a jar or ziplock bag.

For the rest of the tips, check out the full post.

Related: How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellant

 

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2 Comments on "What to Do If You Get a Tick Bite"

  1. I’d had years of practice, removing ticks from my cats & dogs, before the final exam – removing a tick from my leg. I did have the tick tested and have this advice – check carefully for a qualified facility to conduct that test. I now have that information on my computer and will be better able to manage that piece of it, should I have to. The facility I used was less than professional and left me wondering about the calibre of their work.

  2. It will be easier to keep the tick if you put it on a piece of Scotch tape, and fold it over the tick.

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