I just pulled a tick off of myself, what do I do?

If you pulled a tick from your skin, clean the bite area with soap and water. If redness or swelling develops within a few hours after the tick bite, but goes away within a day or two, it is likely an allergic reaction to the tick and not a rash. Check the site of the bite for a rash and keep close watch on your health for 30 days after the bite. See a doctor if you develop:

  • A fever
  • A rash
  • Flu-like symptoms


Once you have removed the tick from yourself or a family member, you can throw the tick away in your normal garbage. Sometimes it may be helpful to keep the tick so it can be identified by your doctor or another health professional should you develop any symptoms. If you choose to do this, place the tick in a small jar or sealed plastic bag with rubbing alcohol, which will both kill and preserve it. If you are concerned about a tick bite, contact your health care provider. He or she will help you determine the best steps to take after being bitten.

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1. What is Lyme disease?
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4. How do people get Lyme disease?
5. What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?
6. How is Lyme disease diagnosed?
7. How good is testing for Lyme disease?
8. How is Lyme disease treated?
9. When will a Lyme disease vaccine become available?
10. How is Lyme disease transmitted?
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12. Where will I find ticks?
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