The BEST Method of removing Ticks Correctly

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If you live in an area that's prone to having a lot of ticks, it's a good idea to learn how to remove a tick from your body if you get one. Better yet, it's great to learn how to prevent getting ticks on you in the first place too. Also, if you have animals, you'll want to make sure you know how to remove a tick from their fur and skin too. Whenever you go out hiking or walking in tall grass or under trees in an area that has ticks, you can attract ticks. While there are different types of ticks and not all ticks carry tick borne diseases, it's important to remove them from you promptly before they even have a chance to attach to your skin and will then feed off of your blood. The tick will insert part of its head into your skin and then feed on your blood until you remove it. The tricky thing is, you don't want to get the head stuck in your body because tick borne diseases like Lyme disease can be contracted in this way. The only way you can get infected with Lyme disease from a tick is if the tick has Lyme disease and if it's secreted into your bloodstream.

Ticks get Lyme disease from feeding on an infected animal, and then they pass it onto other animals and humans through the contact with their blood. A mother tick can also pass the Lyme disease to her eggs which infect the babies with the disease as well. The best thing to do is to catch the tick before it latches onto your skin or to protect all of your skin with clothing so they can't latch on at all. After a long walk or hike, it's best to remove all of your clothing and get a trusted person to check you for ticks, or check yourself in the mirror. You can also take a shower immediately after a hike and wash your entire body with a washcloth from head to toe. In the past, it was recommended to burn a tick with a match or a lighter, but this can cause the tick to secrete the infection into your body still. You also shouldn't use oil to suffocate the tick for similar reasons or try to tug the tick out of your skin because the head will remove from its body and remain in the skin.

According to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, the best way to remove a tick is to get a special tick removal kit to prevent yourself or your pet from getting any tick borne diseases. They also recommend using a pair of tweezers to grab the head of the tick to gradually pull it out of your skin. You can also use a straw and a piece of thread as well, and they teach you how to remove a tick from your skin using this method which they call the straw and knot method. Another good idea is to go into your doctor's office or a walk-in clinic to have the tick removed professionally. This is probably the safest way to go if you suspect that the type of tick you have on you might be infected with Lyme disease. The doctor will use Xylocaine to create a blister around the tick which will cause the tick to remove itself from your body. The doctor may also give you antibiotics at this time to prevent you from getting Lyme disease. So these are just a few of the ways you can remove ticks safely, make sure you read more on their website.***

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