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What should you do if a tick burrows under your skin?

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According to WebMD, burrowed ticks should be removed from the skin as soon as possible with tweezers and placed in a sealed bag or container. In certain cases, it can be difficult to tell whether the entire tick has been removed, so it is imperative to monitor the affected areas for symptoms of infection.

Mayo Clinic explains that individuals with tick bites should clean the affected areas with soap and water following removal of the ticks. It is important to consult with a physician if tick bites are accompanied by fever, swollen glands or sensitivity to light. Severe symptoms following a bite that require immediate medical attention include chest pain, paralysis and breathing difficulties.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, because ticks that have burrowed into the skin need to be removed as soon as possible, it is best to avoid home remedies that are known to cause ticks to detach from the skin on their own, such as heating the skin or applying petroleum jelly to the affected area.

The CDC states that Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that causes a circular rash to develop around the tick bite. Additional symptoms can include fever and muscle aches.


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