Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Babesiosis Home Care

Home care for babesiosis includes:

Babesiosis Tick Removal

A tick can be removed safely in the following manner:

  • Grasp the neck or head of the tick with tweezers. Do not squeeze the body.
  • Pull slowly, and straight out. Do not twist the head.
  • Remove remaining mouth parts by cleaning with alcohol and scraping with a knife, blade or sterile needle.
  • Clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment.
  • See a doctor within 24 hours if you cannot remove a tick.

Babesiosis Warning Signs

Continue to Babesiosis Prevention

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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