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How do I remove a tick?

The ticks are to be remove as quick as easrly as they can transmit diseases. The most important ones are the pathogens of lyme disease (bacteria) and tick-borne encephalitis (viruses).

  • Use the tick card or a thin pair of tweezers to grab the tick directly over the skin and remove it with contiuous pull. Do not crush the tick!
  • Manipulations such as turning, squeezing or applying of oil should be avoided and may even be harmful.
  • Disinfect the puncture and hands. Remaining mouthparts in the skin are usually rejected within a few days. Should this not happen or should the puncture become inflamed, consult a doctor.
  • Note the date of the tick bite and the affected area of the body, so that a self-control is possible after 3 weeks.
  • The removed ticks should not be thrown away, especially if you suspect an infection. The doctor can have the tick examined, if necessary. It can also provide information about pathogens after the removal.
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