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Health department details the correct way to remove a tick

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Ticks are causing problems for people in the Heartland.

Many in the area believe the correct way to remove ticks is by apply petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol or even by light it on fire.

Jane Wernsman said those are the incorrect ways and in fact could leave a piece of the tick still in your skin.

Wernsman said the correct way is by doing one simple method.

"The correct method is to use a very fine tipped tweezers and to try to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight up," Wernsman said. "Don't try to twist or turn sometimes that can take off a piece of the tick. Just get ahold of it, apply a little pressure and try to pull straight up with that tweezers."

Wernsman recommends washing the area where the tick bite happened and go to the hospital if you notice any other problems.

She also suggests checking the entire family and wearing longer clothing when everyone returns from a camping trip, including any pets.

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