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How do you remove a wood tick?

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To remove a wood tick, grasp it firmly with tweezers as close to the mouth as possible, and pull it straight out, advises WebMD. Wash the area with soap and water, and apply an antibiotic cream.

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If the mouth-parts of the tick remains embedded in the skin, attempt to extricate it gently with tweezers, suggests the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If unsuccessful, abandon the effort, and allow the skin to heal. Dispose of the tick by immersing it in alcohol, sealing it in a container, or flushing it down the toilet.

If an infection occurs at the site of the tick bite, part of the tick may still be embedded in the skin, states WebMD. If rash, headache, joint pain, fever or flu-like symptoms develop, a tick-borne disease may be the culprit. In either case, medical attention is required.

"Wood tick" is a common name for the American dog tick and the Rocky Mountain wood tick, according to Orkin. Wood ticks normally do not carry Lyme disease, but they can cause tick paralysis, a condition that occurs when the tick releases a toxin while biting. The American dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, while the Rocky Mountain wood tick can transmit both those diseases as well as Colorado tick fever.

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