Tick Prevention

Nicole Amell, LPN, Clinical Lead

Tick prevention doesn’t have to mean avoiding wooded or grassy areas altogether. Nicole Amell, LPN shares her advice on tick bites to help you and your family spend more time outdoors without the worry.

Top Five Tick Prevention Tips:

  1. Wear long sleeves and long pants tucked into socks or shoes.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing to spot ticks easily. 
  3. Use tick and insect repellent on skin and clothes.
  4. Do a visual exam to hair, scalp, legs, ears, waist, and arms to check for ticks. 
  5. If a tick is seen, remove promptly.

Removal and Disposal:

In order to properly remove a tick, you should:

  1. Clean the area of the bite with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  2. Grab the tick with tweezers and pull straight up, slow and firm.
  3. Clean the area again with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

To completely dispose of the tick, perform any of the following:

  • Submerge it in a container of rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  • Flush it down the toilet.
  • Wrap tightly with tape and throw it in garbage, while avoiding direct contact with bare hands. 

If a rash or lesion is seen at the site of the tick bite, monitor for worsening symptoms like rash, fever, aches, fatigue and be sure to follow up with a Tower Health Urgent Care Provider.

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