How to Remove a Tick Head from Skin

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Best Ways to Remove a Tick Head from Skin

Ticks are small arachnids that feed on blood of humans or animals to complete their lifecycle. They can bite on any body part but mainly attack moist areas, like the groin or underarms. They get stick into the skin with their feeding parts and suck blood. When they get enlarged with blood, they ultimately drop off, leaving their feeding parts into the skin. Ticks will swell up and turn bluish-gray when filled with blood. Their feeding parts secrets that lead to lumps, bumps, and raised area on skin. It may also cause redness, itching and burning sensation on the bite area. Tick bite may cause fever, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain. Tick bite is usually harmless but leads to some diseases if tick contains bacteria.

Method to remove a tick head from skin:
1. Clean the area around the tick bite using soap and water.
2. Grasp closely the tick head using your fine- tipped tweezers.
3. Slowly and firmly pull it out of the skin.
4. Don’t twist as it may result in some part of the tick may stays inside the skin.
5. Wash the bite area again with soap and water or clean it with rubbing alcohol.

If you don’t have tweezers, you can use following methods to remove tick head from skin:

Put gloves and rotate the body of the tick in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction with your finger. This will irritate the tick to let go of the skin. Then you can easily remove the tick by touching the tick to scotch tape.

Put a cotton ball in a liquid soap. Put this soaked cotton ball on tick for about 15 to 20 seconds. The tick will release itself from the skin and get caught up in the cotton ball.