Safe Tick Removal: Tick Talk Ireland
If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by a tick and it remains attached to the skin then follow these simple steps to get it out safely. Alternatively consider buying a Tick Twister, designed especially for removing ticks. It is important to remove a tick gently leaving the tick and its mouthparts intact. Squeezing too hard can cause the tick to regurgitate fluid containing bacteria for Lyme disease among other infections. It is important to note that the use of heat, alcohol, petroleum jelly or fingernail polish on an embedded tick is not effective.
* Using thin tweezers grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull upwards with a steady even pressure.
* Don’t twist or jerk the tick as the mouth parts may become detached and remain in the skin.
* Pull firmly enough to raise the skin and hold at this position steadily.
* When the tick is detached seal in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. If you should develop any flu like symptoms or get a rash go straight to your GP and take the tick with you.
* After removing the tick wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic cream.
Suppliers of tick removal tools can be found on our site at:
Tick Removal BADA-UK
How a tick is removed is extremely important. Incorrect removal can result in:
* The tick’s mouth parts being left behind in the skin.
* Compression of the tick’s abdomen.
* Puncture of the tick’s body.
* Injury and stress to the tick.
These in turn can result in localised infection from foreign bodies and the introduction of infective organisms from the tick’s stomach contents and saliva.
Leaving behind the tick’s mouth parts can result in septic abscesses which, in severe cases, can lead to septicaemia.
Compressing the tick’s abdomen can cause its stomach contents to be squeezed back into the blood stream of its host.
Puncturing the body of the tick can spill its stomach contents, which may contain infective organisms.
Causing injury or stress to the tick can result in it regurgitating the blood meal that it has ingested. This may contain infective organisms and result in the host contracting a serious infection/s.
Stress to the tick can result from applying solutions such as alcohol, aftershave, oils / butter, paraffin or petroleum jelly. It can also result from applying a freezing agent or burning the tick with a cigarette, lighter, or match head.
These methods might be successful in getting a tick to release its grip, but they can also significantly increase the chances of disease transmission.
For correct tick removal use fine tipped tweezers:
or a tick removal tool http://www.bada-uk.org/correct-tick-removal/tick-removal-tick-removal-tool
How do I remove a tick? Lyme Disease Action
Your main aims are to remove the tick promptly, to remove all parts of the tick’s body and to prevent it releasing additional saliva or regurgitating its stomach contents into your bite wound.
DO use a proprietary tick removal tool and follow the instructions provided. These tools will grip the head of the tick without squashing the body.
* Alternative Methods : With pointed tweezers grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible without squeezing the tick’s body, pull the tick out without twisting – there may be considerable resistance.
If no tools are available, rather than delay use a cotton thread. Tie a single loop of cotton around the tick’s mouthparts, as close to the skin as possible, then pull gently upwards and outwards.
DO start by cleansing the tweezers with antiseptic. After tick removal, cleanse the bite site and the tweezers with antiseptic.
DO wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
DO save the tick in a container in case a doctor asks for evidence that you have been bitten (label it with date and location). The Health Protection Agency is currently running a scheme to investigate ticks, details are available here.
DO NOT squeeze or twist the body of the tick, as this may cause the head and body to separate, leaving the head embedded in your skin.
DO NOT use your fingernails to remove a tick. Infection can enter via any breaks in your skin, e.g. close to the fingernail.
DO NOT crush the tick’s body, as this may cause it to regurgitate its infected stomach contents into the bite wound.
DO NOT try to burn the tick off, apply petroleum jelly, nail polish or any other chemical. Any of these methods can cause discomfort to the tick, resulting in regurgitation, or saliva release.