you find a tick, don't panic... it can take several hours
for ticks to transmit disease.
Grasp the head of the tick with blunt tweezers as close
to the skin as possible and gently pull the head away
from your skin. You may use a dab of insect repellent
or stove fuel to loosen its grip. Try not to squeeze the
tick's body, as this increases the risk of infection.
After removing the tick, disinfect the tweezers and bite
site, and wash your hands. Do not prick, crush or burn
the tick as this may cause the release of infected tick
fluids. Do not try to smother the tick as it has enough
oxygen to complete feeding.Watch the area carefully for
the next couple of days. If a bull's eye rash (a red ring
around a white center) develops or flu-like symptoms occur,
medical attention is necessary.Lyme Disease is easily
treatable with antibiotics in the early stages, but if
left untreated it can cause permanent problems including
arthritic joints, severe headaches and abnormal heartbeat.