“Mayo Clinic Minute”: Tick Removal Do’s and Don’ts
Despite what you may have been told when you were younger, smothering or burning ticks is not a good idea. The correct removal method is even easier.
There’s the old way and the right way to remove a tick.
"Using matches or nail polish remover or Vaseline─you want to avoid those," says Bobbi Pritt, M.D., a Mayo Clinic parasitic diseases expert.
Dr. Pritt knows ticks—and how to properly remove them.