Thursday, June 24, 2010

How to Remove a Tick

Summer is here and everyone is heading out to the great outdoors! But, one negative is the ticks that will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try.

This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique is much less traumatic for the patient and easier for the person trying to remove the tick.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. It works because insects breathe through their skin. The soap suffocates them.

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