5 Myths About Ticks—Busted!
When you get bit by a tick, it leaves its head under your skin, right? Wrong! Find out why, along with other misconceptions in our breakdown of five myths about ticks.
1. If a tick bites you, you can smother it
The only really suitable removal procedure involves tweezers. Attempting to burn or suffocate a tick can actually stress it and cause a greater release of saliva.
2. It’s dangerous to leave the head behind when you remove a tick
If a piece is left in your skin, it’s likely the mouth—ticks don’t have separate heads. Wash your skin with soap and water, and if the mouth doesn’t come out easily, don’t worry—it will work its way out on its own.
3. All ticks carry Lyme disease
In Canada, blacklegged ticks are thought to be the only ones that have the bacteria that cause Lyme, and not all of them are carriers.
4. As soon as a carrier bites you, you’ve got Lyme
It takes at least 24 to 36 hours to transmit the bacteria, so if the tick has been attached for only a few minutes or hours, you won’t develop an infection.
5. You need a bull’s eye rash for a diagnosis of Lyme disease
Up to 80 per cent of patients will get a rash at the site of the bite, but it only sometimes looks like a bull’s eye.
Now that you’ve debunked these myths about ticks, check out these six common skin conditions.