(HealthDay News) -- If you or your child has been bitten by a tick, there's probably little risk of disease, but it's still important to remove the tick properly and protect the area from infection.
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The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers these suggestions for taking care of a tick bite:
- To remove a wood tick, use a pair of tweezers, pull straight up, and pull the tick out. You can use a needle, some thread, or your fingers if you don't have tweezers.
- To remove a deer tick, use your fingernail or the edge of a credit card to scrape the tick from the skin.
- Make sure the tick's head is removed. Wash the skin with rubbing alcohol and uncover the tick's head with a sterile needle. Then use the needle to remove the head.
- Thoroughly wash the area with soap and water, then apply an antibiotic ointment.
- Call the doctor if you can't get the tick out, a fever or rash develop, or you notice signs of infection including significant redness or yellow drainage.
-- Diana Kohnle
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