Don't panic. It's hard. I know, they are ugly, and crawly, but take a deep breath.
Go get the tweezers.
Put the tip of the tweezers as close to the base of the skin as you can.
Hold firmly (but don't squeeze too tight) and pull straight up from the skin.
The tweezers will hopefully help minimize any tick breakage and subsequent oozing and mixing of tick fluids into your skin and bloodstream.
My mom has just informed me that smothering the tick with dish detergent on a cotton ball will work too. Less chance of it breaking off in the skin too. ** Edit. Apparently this may cause tick to regurgitate its stomach contents into the human body. So you don't want to do it since it may be carrying a disease **
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Natural antibacterial ointments are preferred so those toxic chemicals don't get into your blood stream. Especially if its your child.
I use a wonderful 21 herb salve that my friend made from plants she grew locally. You can make your own healing salves to have ready for bites, injuries or skin alignments. Here is a link to a Make-Your-Own Salve article.