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It is important to remove a tick from your skin as soon as you notice it. To do this, use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick's body away from your skin. Then, clean your skin with soap and warm water. Throw the dead tick away with your household trash.
 
Avoid crushing the tick's body during the removal process. Do not be alarmed if the tick's mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, the tick can no longer transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. If you accidentally crush the tick, clean your skin with soap and warm water or alcohol.
 
Don't use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products for tick removal.
 
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