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www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/ticks/

One of the most important things you can do is check yourself for ticks once a day. Favorite places ticks like to go on your body include areas between the toes, back of the knees, groin, armpits, and neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears. Remember to check your children and pets, too. Remove any attached ticks as soon as possible.Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks after coming inside. Here's where to look: Inside and behind the ears, along your hairline, back of your neck, armpits, groin, legs,behind your knees, between your toes

Ticks are tiny, so look for new "freckles" If you find a tick attached to your skin, don't panic. Use a pair of fine point tweezers to grip the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady pressure.

You should not apply kerosene, petroleum jelly, nail polish, or a hot match tip to remove the tick. These measures are not effective and may result in injury. Circle the calendar date and note where on the body the tick was removed. You may want to save the tick for identification.Your physician may choose to treat you following a deer tick bite. Notify your healthcare provider if you have been bitten by a deer tick or if you develop a rash or other signs of illness following a tick bite..
 

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