Tick Bite Evaluation and Tick Removal
- Tick bite is common during summer months when we are more outdoors
- The risk of tick-borne infection (common one is Lyme disease) is quite low
What to do if you see a tick?
- Do not use a smoldering match or cigarette, nail polish, petroleum jelly (eg, Vaseline), liquid soap, or kerosene because that may irritate the tick
- The proper way to remove a tick is to use a set of fine tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as is possible – if you can not, just call us or come to the clinic
- After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- If any mouth parts of the tick remain in the skin, these should be left alone; they will be expelled on their own
What do after removing the Tick?
- Know the size and color of the tick, whether it was actually attached to the skin, if it was engorged (that is, full of blood), and how long it was attached.
- Talk to our provider about above. Our provider can remove the tick and can recommend need for treatment or prophylaxis based on tick characteristics
Epic Urgent and Family Care serves the following neighborhoods and zip code for tick bite.
Neighborhoods we serve: Palatine, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Barrington, South Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Deerfield, Mount Prospect, Lake Zurich, Glenview, Vernon Hills, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Downers Grove
ZIP Codes we serve: 60004, 60074, 60010, 60011, 60005, 60007, 60008, 60015, 60016, 60018, 60025, 60047, 60061, 60062, 60067, 60656, 60089, 60090, 60106, 60107, 60169, 60192, 60193