Once you are bitten, what do you do?
If you are looking for a way to prevent being bitten (again)...
Please click HERE to see the "Prevention" page.
If you are searching for the proper way to remove a tick, see information below.
REMEMBER- You can run out of shotgun shells, toilet paper or coffee, but always keep
a good supply of tick repellent on hand when hunting!
PREVENTION and TICK REMOVAL
To help prevent tick exposure this hunter pre-treated his clothing with Repel Permanone (unscented) a few days before the season opened.
Using Permanone on your clothing is an excellent way to protect against chiggers and mosquitoes too.
Did you know some tick borne diseases can be transmitted
within hours of a tick bite?
To properly remove a tick:
With a pair of fine point tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull outward with a slow, even force, pulling in the opposite direction to how the tick entered the skin.
DO NOT JERK OR TWIST THE TICK. This might tear the head and mouth parts from the tick's body and will encourage the ticks fluid to enter your blood stream or skin.
DO NOT USE YOUR FINGERS TO REMOVE THE TICK. Squeezing the tick could cause it to disgorge the contents of its body into the wound. You can contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever simply by handling ticks and having their excretions absorb through your skin.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE TICK WITH CHEMICALS (such as nail polish remover, kerosene, oils, etc) OR BY HEATING THE TICKS WITH A MATCH. This can kill it before it disengages its mouthparts. It can also cause the tick to regurgitate its contents into the wound, increasing the likelihood of transmitting diseases.
WASH THE ATTACHMENT SITE with warm soapy water and rubbing alcohol.
TREATMENT- See treatment recommendations for tick bites at the "Get It Right! Treat The Bite" website. There you can print out a one page document with treatment recommendations to take to your doctor.
If you want to send the tick off for testing (not generally recommended- save your money to pay for the doxycycline antibiotic):