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Why is it important to take the tick's head out of your skin after it bites you?

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Dr. David Voron answered

Specializes in Dermatology

The longer the entire tick, or a part of it, stays attached to your skin, the more likely it is to transmit the organism that causes lyme disease, if the tick itself is infected with that agent. If the tick's head is left in the skin, even if the body is removed, and the tick carries the agent that causes lyme disease, transmission is possible.

Answered Jan 5, 2019

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Dr. Robert Jackson answered

Specializes in Dermatology

It decreases chance of infection.

Answered Sep 1, 2013

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