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[Amblyomma spp.] [Dermacentor spp.] [Ixodes spp.] [Ornithodoros spp.] [Rhipicephalus spp.]

Treatment Information

There is no specific treatment for ticks specifically, outside of the complete removal of the parasite from the skin. Ticks are best removed by firmly grasping the mouthparts with fine forceps, and gently pulling away at a 45° angle. Vaseline and other ointments should not be used, as they cause the ticks to vomit, possibly inoculating the host with a pathogen. The best way to control ticks, and reduce the chances of acquiring tick-borne diseases, is habitat management (decreasing humidity and harborage that support egg-laying and sheltered areas).

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This information is provided as an informational resource for licensed health care providers as guidance only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional judgment.

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  • Page last reviewed November 29, 2013
  • Page last updated November 29, 2013
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