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Tick removal

Removing a tick is simple. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible—don't squeeze the tick's body—and pull the tick away from the skin using steady pressure and without twisting. Don't use petroleum jelly, nail polish, or rubbing alcohol to "smother" the tick. And absolutely do not try to burn the tick with a recently lit match. …

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