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First Aid Basics: “a tick bite”

July 26, 2012

Yesterday we spoke about being stung or bitten by an insect, however we were not specific about a tick. In much of the grasslands that South Africans come into contact with (and our dogs), with the summers we experience, a tick bite is a very real (and often) occurrence.

  • If you see a tick still on the individual, you need to grasp the tick with fine tipped, pointed, non etched, non rasped tweezers- close to the skin and pull slowly.

(If it’s mouthparts remain embedded seek medical help.)

Never apply petroleum jelly or nail polish to a tick.

  • Wash the bite area with soap and water.
  • Apply an antiseptic ointment if available.

If a rash or flu like symptoms such as fever; headache; weakness; joint and muscle pain occur- seek medical care.

A rash from a tick bite starts as a small red area at the site of the bite, however not immediately. It could be days or even weeks later. On fair skin, the center may be lighter in colour and the outer edges raised.

As mentioned in our post regarding insect bites, try and wear an insect repellant especially when you will be in grassy areas. 

Please remember that these “First Aid Basics” are merely guidelines. We recommend that everyone attends a basic First Aid Course. In most instances, time is crucial and often will be the determining factor in whether someone will survive or not.  

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