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If you live in a tick-infested area, be sure to wear long pants and to tuck your pant legs into your socks for protection every time you go outside. Always check for ticks when you come inside. If you find a tick attached to your skin, remove it immediately.
Using pointed tweezers, grasp the tick as close to its mouth and your skin as possible and gently pull the tick up and out. Do not use your bare fingers or try to squeeze the tick. If tweezers are not available, use a tissue, paper, leaf or paper towel. After removing the tick, apply an antiseptic such as rubbing alcohol to the site.
It usually takes 24 hours for the tick to transmit Lyme Disease. If you have been infected, one or more of the following symptoms may appear in the days and weeks after the bite: fatigue, chills and fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes and a circular rash. If any of these symptoms develop, seek medical attention promptly.