The tick is the nightmare of every mom and pet owner. You can encounter ticks almost everywhere, in the city and in the woods, and the number of diseases they carry is increasing. S pulling out a tick is therefore not to be delayed. We’ll advise you on how you can remove a tick, with or without tweezers.
Pulling a tick
Ticks are carriers of many diseases, some of which have not yet been cured. Therefore, you should remove an attached tick as soon as possible after finding it. Removing a tick is not difficult, but it does take some skill and patience to ensure that you do not leave a piece of the parasite in your body in a hurry.
There are many ways to remove a tick. However, you should definitely avoid using oils or ointments that will cause the tick to suffocate. Although the tick will die in this way, it may eject the contents of its intestines into the wound and with it the dreaded infection. Likewise, you should avoid the proverbial clockwise and counterclockwise twisting, which in turn often leads to rupturing the parasite and again increases the risk of infection.
How to properly remove a tick
Another common situation is when you fail to remove the entire tick and the bites remain in the wound. However, there is no need to panic here. In most cases, the bites themselves do not transmit the infection, so it is enough to disinfect the wound. A reddened lump may appear at the bite site, this is also a natural reaction of the body, but only until it starts to enlarge or a pale spot appears in the centre. Therefore, you should monitor the affected area for a few weeks and see a doctor in case of these changes.
You should also be aware that every tick poses a potential risk and treat it as infectious material. Before attempting to pull out a tick, you should check your hands for any abrasions that could allow any infection to enter your body. Ideally, use gloves when pulling out the tick.
Also keep in mind that before following the procedures below on how to remove a tick, you should disinfect the affected area with a product containing iodine. If the tick breaks off, you should seek medical attention immediately.
How to remove a tick?
The previous paragraphs have already mentioned that you should disinfect the affected area before starting the procedure on how to remove a tick. In addition, be sure to carefully examine the entire body, especially the buttock pit area, groin, armpits and the area behind the ears where ticks most often attach.
One variation on how to remove a tick is to use tweezers:
- Grasp the tick with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible – by the head.
- Wiggle the tick in a rocking motion and pull it out gradually.
- Disinfect the hand.
The entire procedure should take no more than a few minutes. Be patient and be careful not to grab the tick by the butt. S Do not twist the tick, just wiggle it from side to side until it is loose and can be pulled out.
How to pull out a tick without tweezers
In addition to the well-known method with tweezers, there are a number of other solutions. Probably the safest way you can pull out a tick is using a special card or hook. Both tools are designed to pick up the tick and pull it out safely. You can get them at pharmacies or drugstores.
How to pull out a tick with a cotton bud
Another way to pull out a tick without tweezers is to use a cotton swab. It is particularly useful in situations where the attached parasite is small or just a larva. Wet the stick and wiggle it out. Don’t forget to disinfect here either.
Removing a tick with soap
Like you can use a cotton bud to remove a tick, you can use wool and soap:
- Tear off a piece of cotton wool.
- Dampen it.
- Soap it lightly.
- Place the cotton wool against the tick and turn it several times (to either side).
This procedure is again especially suitable for small ticks.
How to remove a tick from a dog
Just as ticks like to attach themselves to humans, they also attack pets. The procedure for removing a tick from a dog, for example, is the same as for humans. You should first examine the dog on the ears, in the bend, under the tail and on the groin. Again, it is important to pull the tick out in its entirety, and you can use virtually all of the procedures and resources described above.