10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

3. You can probably remove the tick by yourself if you notice it in time. To remove a tick before it’s too late, you can purchase a tick removal device, but a pair of fine-tipped tweezers will also do the trick. The CDC recommends that you avoid “folklore remedies,” such as painting the tick with nail polish or using heat to detach it. The goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible after you notice it.

4. In most cases, it takes 36 to 48 hours for an infected tick to transmit Lyme disease after it attaches itself to you. Nymphs, which are immature ticks that measure less than 2 millimeters (mm) in size, are the primary transmitters of Lyme disease. Because they’re so small, nymphs can go unnoticed in difficult-to-see areas such as the scalp, armpits, and groin. Adult ticks can also transmit the disease, but because they’re bigger, many are noticed and removed before they can transmit the infection.

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