How To Treat Acute Tick Bites

By Dr. Marty Ross

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Safely Remove The Tick

The best way to remove a tick is to grab the tick at the head using tweezers. Pull up slowly and carefully. This method limits the chances that an attached tick will vomit Lyme germs into the tick bite area. Other methods, like burning a tick off, increase the chances of Lyme disease transmission from an infected tick.

Decide if You Should Take Antibiotics for a Tick Bite

The reason to use antibiotics for a tick bite is to prevent acute or chronic Lyme disease from the bite of a black legged deer tick.  (See link for article)