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I have a tick bite? What do I do?

I have a tick bite? What do I do?

05~31~19

Ouch! That bugger bit me! What do I do now!?! You're out enjoying a day in the park and you come home to find that you have a tick bite.  What do you do?

First, here's what not to do...

WHAT NOT TO DO:
  • DO NOT burn its bum with a match!
  • DO NOT rub it with vaseline!
  • DO NOT try to remove it by applying essential oils topically!
  • DO NOT grab it by the bum and rip it off of you!
  • DO NOT crush a tick with your fingers!
  • DO NOT leave it attached to you and wait for it to detach on its own!
  • DO NOT throw away the tick!

All of these will actually cause the tick to regurgitate (vomit) inside of you. This increases the risk of transmission of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, Ehrilicia, Bartonella, and Babesia, just to name a few.  And you don't want to throw away the evidence, so don’t throw away that tick.

So, how do you remove a tick properly?

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
  • DO use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • DO pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  • DO thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water (after removing the tick).
  • DO place the tick in a ziplock bag with a cotton ball that has a few drops of water on it or immediately freeze the bag.
  • DO contact your doctor immediately if you develop a rash, fever, or flu-like symptoms within a few weeks of removing a tick. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.

Why am I saving the tick?

What if you start having weird symptoms? What if you were bit in an area that has a high prevalence of tick-borne illness? What if you are just scared s*!#less that that tick may have just given you Lyme + co-infections? Well, you can send you tick off for testing so you can sleep at night!

HERE'S THE SKINNY:
  • Tick Report offers expedited testing on ticks.
  • IGeneX offers fee based tick testing.
  • Ticknology offers fee based tick testing.
  • The Bay Area Lyme Alliance offers free testing! But the results can take a while.  So if you are in a rush use one of the other options listed.

Just remember that you may never even know that you have been bit by a tick.  They can be as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  If you would like more information about the symptoms of tick-borne illness, visit the Lyme disease section of this website or give our office a call.

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