Tick Bite Information

If you have been bitten by a tick, there are certain recommendations to reduce your risk of contracting Lyme disease. Tick bites are becoming much more common, and if acted on as below, the risk of Lyme is exceedingly low.

If you find a tick on your skin, we recommend the following:

  • First of all, don't panic. Having a tick bite does not mean you will develop Lyme disease.
  • You should remove the tick in the recommended manner. See the section on Tick removal at the Ottawa Public Health website. Use of a tick removal tool, or grasping the head and pulling gently with tweezers is recommended.
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  • Only certain tick bites require preventative antibiotics. If the tick has been removed before 24 hours and is not engorged with blood, preventative antibiotics are not needed. If you are unsure, you can contact our Triage nurse to assess.
  • If you have removed a tick, a small black area may remain in the skin (head or stinger), these parts DO NOT need to be removed. As long as the abdomen is removed, the Lyme bacteria will not be transmitted. The body will expel the remainder like a splinter.
  • We recommend that everyone does a "Tick Check" daily if you or your children have spent time outdoors.

You can review the section on the Public Health Website, which includes signs and symptoms to bring to our attention, and strategies to prevent tick bites.

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