(KPLR) - Dr. Sonny Saggar talked to Melanie Moon about ticks and tick bites.
In general, the best way to remove an adult tick is mechanically. Using fine-tipped tweezers, the tick can be grasped as close to the skin as possible and detach it by applying a steady upward force without crushing, jerking or twisting, in such a way as to avoid leaving behind mouthparts or provoking regurgitation of infective fluids into the wound.
Proprietary tick removal tools are also available. It is important to disinfect the bite area thoroughly after removal of the tick. If you have trouble removing a tick, or if you really don`t want to do it yourself, we can do it for you at St. Louis Urgent Cares. If the tick's head and mouthparts are no longer attached to its body after removal, a punch biopsy may be necessary to remove any parts left inside the patient.
Before You Go Outdoors:
● Walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks.
● Products containing permethrin kill ticks. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.
● Use a repellent with DEET on skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth.
You can also connect with Dr. Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Cares, and ask him any questions you like.
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