Pulling a Deer Tick Out

If You Are Bitten by a Deer Tick - What To Do to Avoid Potential Infection with Lyme Disease

Blacklegged Deer TickIf you are bitten by the Blacklegged tick (Deer tick), you immediately should do the following:

. One of the effective People's Medicine methods of getting the tick out is to drop a Castor oil (or any other thick oil in this case) on the tick. In order to breathe, the tick will disengage itself.

. If the previous method failed, try to detach the tick. Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull steadily and firmly until the tick lets go.
CAUTION: Be careful not to cut the tick's head and leave it in your skin!

Detaching the Deer Tick

. Apply antiseptic.

. Save the tick in alcohol for identification by the Health Department.

. Record date and spot on your body where the tick attached itself. If a rash appears or you feel ill, contact your doctor immediately and request a test for Lyme disease.

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Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/index.htm