While ticks may look relatively harmless, some of them can carry diseases that affect you for life. When a tick is improperly removed, the head can get left behind on/in your skin. Worse, you could push all of the stomach contents of the tick into your skin. While some of that may be your own blood, you will be exposed to the infection that the tick was carrying.
While many people find ticks to be bothersome, a lot of people don’t know that removing a tick at home can be dangerous. This is because some ticks carry diseases, which can be transmitted through the bite or removal process. Let Dr. Schultz and the Park Avenue Skin Care team professionally remove a tick and have it tested to best protect your health.
Conditions such as Tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are accompanied by body aches, fevers, memory loss, rashes, vomiting, and ulcers. However, these conditions are usually resolved with a course of antibiotics. It is important to see a specialist to remove a tick in order to know that you have not pushed the tick’s stomach contents back into your body, left the head behind, or whether you are at risk for infection.
A more serious tick-borne disease is known as Lyme Disease. A tell-tale “bull’s-eye” rash typically develops around the site of the tick bite or elsewhere on the skin. When diagnosed early, Lyme disease can be cured with a course of antibiotics. However, if a patient ignores their symptoms and goes untreated, they could experience heart, join, and nervous system complications that can be permanent.
In short, no. While some people do successfully remove ticks at home, many people can squeeze or pop the tick while they are trying to get it off. Leaving the head behind is also a common problem when people attempt to remove a tick. When the head is left behind, an infection can develop and leave the person at risk for more complications.
The skin is your body’s largest organ, and it is important to care for it and reduce your exposure to harmful bacteria through the skin. When a tick attaches to you, removing it on your own can push bacteria and infections into your body. Dr. Schultz understands the distressing nature of having a tick and the importance of removing it properly. Using a sterile technique, Dr. Schultz or your Park Avenue Skin Care expert can remove the tick with the head attached to help you avoid infection and determine if the tick (bite) is dangerous and needs to be treated.
When you schedule an appointment for tick removal, you can expect a relatively short stay in the office. The area where the tick has attached will be examined and we will also identify (by laboratory examination) the type of tick you have.
Knowing that information is helpful in determining which diseases the tick could have possibly transmitted. The tick will then be removed using sterile equipment that can grip the tick safely to remove it without leaving the head or pushing harmful bacteria into your skin.
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