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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2014

how do you remove a tick head from people

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If you mean a tick - as in live - hold a burning match close enough to get hot but not kill it, or coat in baby oil or vaseline to cut off its air - it will back out. I have heard fingernail polish works too, but I doubt you want that in your hair.

If you mean a tick head after someone scratched the body off, since they commonly carry diseases and of course you don't want to leave any foreign body in the wound, get a doctor to do it right and remove it surgically. Can go REALLY nasty - we had one guy in my unit in the military who almost died from an infection from an insect he ripped off his skin, and the part left in the wound went septic, even though it was disinfected with alcohol right after the bite.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


To remove a tick, place tweezers as close to skin as possible and pull in one firm, slow motion straight out. Do not squeeze the tick body or otherwise agitate the tick, chemcially or by heat, because it will reguritate (vomit) its contents into the wound exposing you to more possible issues and viruses. The sooner the tick is removed the better. It is widely accepted that it usually takes a couple days at least for a tick to transmit viruses if it is not squeezed.

Often the body has been removed as above, but the head unfortunately did not come out. It is usually best to then wipe it with alcohol and then let it heal. The human body will slowly break down the head and dissolve it as it does any other foreign dirt or issue in it. Cutting or slicing to remove the head can often result in a bad infection and large wound.

Answered 5 years ago by Bookworm

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