Tick Bites

If you’ve been bitten by a tick and it’s still attached to your skin, remove it as soon as possible to reduce your risk of picking up illnesses such as Lyme disease.

To remove a tick:

  • Use a tick removal tool (available from pharmacies, pet shops or vets) or a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.
  • Grip the tick as close to the skin as possible to ensure the tick’s mouth isn’t left in the skin.
  • Pull steadily away from the skin without twisting or crushing the tick.
  • Wash your skin with water and soap afterwards, and apply an antiseptic cream to the skin around the bite.

Don’t use a lit cigarette end, a match head or substances such as alcohol or petroleum jelly to force the tick out.

Take a note of the date and time you think you were bitten. If you need to get medical help in the future this will help your clinician to give appropriate treatment.