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Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Tick bite prevention and tick removal

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7123 (Published 09 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7123

Rapid Response:

Re: Tick bite prevention and tick removal

The CDC advocates removing tick with fine-tipped tweezers. Grab tick as close to the surface of the skin as possible and pull it off steadily in an upward direction. Make sure not to twist the tweezer or the mouth parts may break off. Should this happen, remove the mouth parts with the tweezer; if this is not possible,clean the bite area with alcohol, iodine scrub or soap and water. Then wash your own hands likewise. Watch for any fever.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 December 2013
Davendralingam Sinniah
paediatrician
IMU Clinical School Seremban
Jalan Rasah, 70300 Seremban, Malaysia