How to Best Remove Ticks

How to Best Remove Ticks

Ticks, ticks, ticks. Just the words give us the shudders! When ticks find their way into your home, on your pets or to your skin, they are never pleasant to remove but it has to be done. Here’s the best way to get the job out of the way as fast as possible.

When compared to three commercial removal devices, tweezers were shown to be the most effective way to remove ticks according to published study results. Other methods included a card-detachment technique, lassoing and freezing. The results showed an 82.5% success rate for tweezing ticks, with the second option of lassoing trailing behind at 47.5%.

Other studies have shown similar results, and it seems that freezing or burning ticks has rarely been successful. Instead, gently pulling the tick away from one’s skin has a very high success rate. Twisting the tick away may also work, but you then run the risk of leaving a little bit of it remaining on the skin. You should also be sure to grasp the tick near the head to avoid compressing the whole body during removal.

It’s not a fun topic, but it does happen and it’s important to be aware of these best practices to protect your skin and be sure you do it properly!

If you are concerned about removing ticks and want to speak to a provider, please visit our Dermatology specialists at one of our locations in Middle Tennessee: NashvilleFranklinColumbia, and Pulaski.

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD