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Tick Removal Instructions

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Engorged Tick on Human Skin

If you find a tick crawling on your skin, it has probably not bitten you yet. It can be easily brushed off of the skin. If you find a tick that is attached to your skin, it is important that youremove it right away. Do NOT Use petroleum jelly, nail polish, a hot match or other products to remove a tick! Instead, follow these directions for proper tick removal:

  1. Grasp the tick with tweezers as close to your skin as possible.
  2. Pull the tick straight out, using a firm, steady motion. Do not twist, squish or burn an attached tick.
  3. Apply an antiseptic to the bite area after removing the tick. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  4. Save the tick for identification. If you have concerns or feel symptoms, consult your doctor.  He or she may want you to submit the tick for testing.
  5. If redness or pain develops at the tick bite site or the tick cannot be removed, consult your doctor.

Remember, prompt removal of ticks can help prevent disease transmission!

For More Information On Tularemia
Or Other Vector-Borne Diseases Contact:
(858) 694-2888  
vector@sdcounty.ca.gov