Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Colorado Tick Fever Prevention

Prevention of Colorado tick fever includes:

  • Avoid wooded areas where deer ticks live.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, and a hat.
    • Wear insect repellent clothing.
  • Use tick repellents on clothing and exposed skin:
    • Tick repellents that contain DEET
    • Tick repellents that contain permethrin
  • Check your skin and clothing for ticks after being outdoors.
    • Shower after going into the woods.
  • See your doctor within 4 hours if you are unable to completely remove a tick from the skin.
  • Treat pets for fleas and ticks.

Colorado Tick Fever Tick Removal

An important part of the prevention of Colorado tick fever is learning how to remove a tick from the skin.

A tick can be removed safely by performing the following:

  • 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 or blade or a 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.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Colorado Tick Fever References
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  2. Klasco R. Colorado tick fever. Med Clin North Am. 2002 Mar;86(2):435-40, ix. [11982311]
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