FAST FACTS: Removing a Tick

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  • Use fine tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  • Do not grab the tick’s abdomen.
  • Pull the tick straight out.
  • Do not squeeze or aggravate the tick.
  • Clean the bite area with soap and rubbing alcohol.
  • Apply antibiotic cream
  • Monitor the site of the bite. If you develop rash, swelling, fever, chills or aches, visit your health provider.
  • Save the tick if possible for identification if needed.

See an animated video on removing ticks by the Tick Encounter Resource Center at

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