The tick bite it is not dangerous in itself, but there are risks of contracting infections transmitted by these animals. Ticks do not jump and do not fly, but they lurk at the ends of plants waiting for the passage of an animal or a man. Then they perceive the carbon dioxide and the heat of the organism, then they identify their host and settle by sticking their rostrum, in this sense we speak of a bite, and they begin to “suck” the blood.
Their bite generally does not cause pain, because the tick emits a substance that contains anesthetic principles. Ticks can typically stay for two days a week, then drop off.
How to remove a tick
When a tick is found on the skin, it must be removed, grabbing it with tweezers from the thin tips as close as possible to the surface of the epidermis and then pull it off gently but firmly. You have to do this maneuver slowly, rotating to avoid breaking the tick and you have to be very careful not to crush the body, because you could have a regurgitation inside the human body which would increase the possibility of transmission of pathogens.
If the rostrum remains inside the skin, it must be removed, so remember to disinfect the skin very well, avoid touching the tick with your bare hands and should be washed well before and after the operation.
After the tick has been eliminated, an observation period of a few weeks is required for any signs of infection to appear.
In the event of a tick bite, acetone, alcohol, trichlorethylene, ammonia, petrol, red-hot objects and cigarettes should not be used to eliminate it, because if you induce suffering in the animal, the regurgitation of harmful substances can be released into the host’s body.
Finally, don’t forget that if you need antibiotics, you should always go to your doctor.
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