First Aid

First Aid for Tick Bites

Tick bites are aggravating and painful problems that can be difficult to deal with. They are caused by tiny bugs called “ticks.” These are parasites that survive by sucking the blood of other creatures. Though they usually bite on to animals, it’s not uncommon for a person to get a tick bite. Tick bites are especially common if you’ve been wandering around in the woods or other natural areas that ticks frequent.

Tick bites are usually not seriously dangerous and can be treated at home by yourself. Here’s how to do it.

Removing the tick

If you get to the tick soon enough, it can be very easy to remove. Simply grab a pair of tweezers, and grab the tick at the head. You want to get is as far up as possible,  to reduce the risk of parts being left behind. Don’t try to crush the tick, as this can cause its juices to flow back into you, which is nasty and can be dangerous besides. Once you have a good grip, pull it out. Wear gloves or use a tissue when you’re handling the tick, to avoid more contact with ti. Drop it in an easily sealed jar for a few days in case there is some kind of infection, so it can be diagnosed easily.
If the tick is buried too deep to pull out easily, do not irritate it. This can cause it to inject vomit back into your blood which is, again, gross and unhealthy. Instead, consider going to a doctor to have it removed.

Treating Tick Bites

Assuming that you’ve removed the tick, you now need to treat the bit. Here are some first aid steps for tick bites.

  1. Wash the bite with soap and warm water.
  2. Check the bite for any left over tick pieces, such as the head. Remove them if necessary.
  3. Clean the wound with an antibiotic ointment or similar substance such as alcohol.
  4. Apply a small bandage to cover the wound and prevent infection.

After the Bite

Most tick bites have no long term effects. However, ticks can carry deadly diseases you should be aware of. Keep a wary eye for any signs of reddening or infections around the bite. Look up the symptoms of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, and go to a doctor immediately if you notice any.

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