How to Get a Tick Head Out of Your Skin

If bitten by an infected deer tick, a person may develop Lyme disease.
If bitten by an infected deer tick, a person may develop Lyme disease. (Image: deer image by david purday from

Tick bites occur in many areas of the United States. The bites are more common if a person spends a lot of time in wooded and grassy areas without proper protection such as long sleeves and long pants. Ticks carry bacteria and may lead to conditions such as Lyme diseases or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If you are bitten by a tick, the first step is to remove the tick from your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Tweezers
  • Jar
  • Soap

Use tweezers to remove the tick if you have been bitten. Grab the tick's head or mouth with the tweezers. Pull outwards gently to remove the entire tick. Try not to crush the tick.

Place the tick’s body in a jar, if possible. A doctor may be able to identify the tick as a part of diagnosis if symptoms begin.

Wash the area of skin bitten by the tick. Use warm water and regular soap. Also wash your hands if they have touched the tick.

Wait for symptoms of rash, fever, swollen lymph glands and muscle aches to appear. If such symptoms appear it is important to see a doctor immediately. For more severe symptoms like breathing difficulties, chest pain or paralysis call 911 for an ambulance.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you cannot remove the tick, see a doctor.

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