Summer is time for fun and family. Unfortunately, it is also time for ticks. There are some steps to take to avoid having ticks decide your body would make a good home. Some removal should be avoided if a tick does attach itself to your body. Additionally, there are some excellent and painless methods for removing ticks.
How to Avoid Tick Bites
Of course, you can use an insect repellent. However, many of us do not like to use these strong chemicals on our bodies. Here are some steps you can take to avoid tick bites.
What Not to Do to Remove a Tick
You want to remove the tick as quickly and painlessly as possible. However, some tick removal methods should be avoided.
How to Remove a Tick
To remove a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers, grabbing the pick as close to where it is attached to your skin as possible. Pull gently, but firmly, until it releases. Wash the area where the tick was embedded, the tweezers, and your hands with disinfectant soap. You can use a medicated bandage or antibiotic cream on the bite if you wish.
Watching for Infection
After the tick is removed, you should be fine. However, watch for the following symptoms of a skin infection in the bite area:
Additionally, you should consult a doctor is you have chills or fever. Some ticks carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, both of which require medical attention. Symptoms include joint pain, rash, headache, fever, or flu-like symptoms.
Most tick bites will not make you sick, but they are always unpleasant. However, it is important to make sure you remove the tick correctly and quickly to avoid any disease or additional discomfort.