Drs. Yuan Po Tu and John Benedict Abano contributed to the Herald's "Tick Tactics," as part of the Saturday Health & Wellness feature.
Dr. Yuan Po Tu, Everett Clinic Walk-In physician, contributed:
"Many people don't realize they've been bitten unless they see it."
"Sunburns are more common than ticks in our area."
"Get rid of ticks as soon as you can when it's easiest to do."
The best way to get rid of a tick is to take tweezers, grab the snout and gently pull. You don't want to grab the body and yank because the mouth tend to break off and stay in the skin. Pull with low, gentle traction."
"Tick bites are harmless." They typically result in redness, itching and localized edema or swelling."
"There are several factors that warrant medical attention. See a doctor if a tick has been attached for more than 36 hours. Additionally, ongoing fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches and neck stiffness, decreased appetite, lymphadenopathy and fever are causes for concern."