Tick bites

The bites of most species of soft ticks are painful. The bite of the pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, can cause severe reactions including unconsciousness. In contrast, the hard ticks usually attach to the human body unnoticed. This is presumably an adaptation to their long duration of feeding (several days). A tick attached to the skin should be removed as soon as possible. The capitulum (front-part) of the tick should be grasped with a very fine-pointed forceps and then pulled backwards, at a right angle to the skin surface. By this method the whole tick is usually removed intact. If a portion of the mouth-parts remains in the skin it is usually possible to remove it by the forceps. The remaining bite-wound should be washed in clean water and thereafter, with an antiseptic solution.

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