“Mayo Clinic Minute”: Tick Removal Do’s and Don’ts

Despite what you may have been told when you were younger, smothering or burning ticks is not a good idea. The correct removal method is even easier.

There’s the old way and the right way to remove a tick.

"Using matches or nail polish remover or Vaseline─you want to avoid those," says Bobbi Pritt, M.D., a Mayo Clinic parasitic diseases expert.

Dr. Pritt knows ticks—and how to properly remove them.

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