Health Tip: Tick Removal
(HealthDay News) -- If you find a tick on your body, or that of a child or pet, remove the tick as soon as possible with a set of fine-tipped tweezers, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC offers step-by-step instructions for removing a tick:
- Grasp the tick as close as possible to the skin with tweezers.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure.
- After removal, clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by flushing it down the toilet.