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A 41-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 52 years experience
See below: 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.
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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
Decreases: It decreases chance of infection.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it okay if the head of the tick gets left in your skin after you try to take it out?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Head of tick: Best to see your doctor about removing the head of the tick to prevent any infection and to treat you if you get sick later on.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you get a tick head out of the skin?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: The rec way is as follows: if available, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (if none, use a cloth or paper to protect your fingers). Pull straight up gently, steady pressure. Don't twist or jerk. Don't squeeze, crush or puncture the tick. Disinfect the skin afterward and wash hands. If any mouthparts remain, leave alone as they will be expelled spontaneously.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

I have a tick's head stuck under my skin. What should I do?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Tick's Head in Skin: Use the sterilized tip of the needle to carefully fish the tick head away from your skin. Insert the needle into the first or second layers of your skin just beside the tick's head, no through the head. Think of it as removing a splinter, and try to get the needle "hooked" under the head or mouth parts to pull them out. If that does not work visit you local dermatologist to have the head removed.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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