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Len's Local Health: How to remove ticks

Ticks can bring illnesses this time of year

(WYTV) - So you found a tick on your body... Great!

Now what? How do you get rid of it?

Ticks can bring illnesses this time of year. Summer's the peak time.

You want to watch out for Lyme disease, among others.

There are some "dos" and "don'ts" for getting rid of the bugs. 

"Don't burn the ticks off. Don't bury them under fingernail polish, and don't squeeze them," said Cleveland Clinic Dr. Alan Taege. "Try to take tweezers and get close to the skin as you can so you get close to where the little snout is, and you remove them." 

Ticks can spread a handful of diseases to humans, and Lyme disease is one of the most common. 

It's rare that ticks can cause illness in just a few hours. They usually need to be attached to someone for a day or almost two days before they transmit disease.

If something does get into your bloodstream, watch for fever, achiness or a rash. 


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