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NH has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, which means Granite Staters need to be aware of ticks and the illnesses they can spread. To help people identify ticks especially children, CMC is distributing free, colorful snap bracelets that depict ticks so children and families can be on the lookout for them.  

Pick yours up today at any of our Primary Care, Urgent Care & main hospital locations.

Learn more from our Tick brochure.

Think you know ticks? Challenge yourself to a Tick Quiz:


Tick removal tips
Using proper technique for tick removal is important. Several methods of tick removal have been advocated. A study that evaluated the use of forceps or protected fingers, or the application of petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, isopropyl alcohol, or a hot match, found that only the use of tweezers or protected fingers resulted in the satisfactory removal of 29 adult American dog ticks without leaving the mouthparts behind.



The proper technique for removal of the attached tick includes the following steps:
● If available, use tweezers or small forceps to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible. In the absence of tweezers, use paper or cloth to protect the fingers during tick extraction.
● Pull straight up gently but firmly, using steady pressure. Do not jerk or twist.
● Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick, since its fluids may contain infectious agents.
● Disinfect the skin thoroughly after removing the tick and wash hands with soap and water.
● If sections of the mouthparts of the tick remain in the skin, they should be left alone as they will normally be expelled spontaneously.
● After the tick removal and the skin cleansing, the person bitten (or the parents) should observe the area for the development of Erythema migrans rash for up to 30 days following exposure. Components of tick saliva can cause transient erythema that should not be confused with Erythema migrans rash: .
● Since the tick usually needs to be attached for two to three days before transmission of the Lyme disease agent occurs, removal of the tick within this time frame often prevents the infection.

Disposing of ticks
● After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
● Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container or wrapping it tightly in tape.
Never crush a tick with your fingers.

Additional resources:
Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases
  (NH Dept Health & Human Services)


Tick Information (CDC)

TickEncounter Resource Center (University of Rhode Island)

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