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Removing ticks

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Remove the tick as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of disease transmission.


Ticks that are attached to skin must be removed as soon as possible. If they are attached for more than 24 hours, the risk of transmission of Borrelia bacteria increases. 

How to remove ticks:

  • Use fingers, tweezers or a tick remover from a pharmacy. Grasp the tick near the skin and pull it straight out. It does not matter if parts of the tick's biting tools remain in the skin.
  • A little antibiotic-containing ointment can be put on the bite site.

  • Do not lubricate the tick with oil, grease, butter, petroleum jelly, alcohol or candle wax as this may delay tick removal, with a greater risk of disease transmission as a result.
  • Remove the tick as soon as possible. If the tick is attached for more than 24 hours, the risk of transmission of borrelia bacteria increases.
  • Contact your doctor if you notice a red rash spreading around the tick bite within 3 days to 4 weeks after the bite.
  • Contact your doctor if you get a fever, swollen lymph glands, or general malaise. These symptoms can come and go.