I found three ticks on me after my trip to Torridon. Please be aware and read the NHS info below.
We’ve been recieving more calls about tick bites ⚠️ Lots of important info in this post, so please read on ⤵️
If you spot a tick bite, don’t worry, the majority of tick bites cause no issues, however, if you do get bitten, you should:
✅ Remove the tick ASAP (info below)
✅ Wash your skin with soap afterwards
✅ Apply an antiseptic cream around the bite
✅ Take pictures of the bite and any rash
To force the tick out, you should not:
❌ Use a cigarette, match or lighter
❌ Squeeze the tick
❌ Use any alcohol or petroleum jelly
The safest way to remove a tick is to use a tick removal tool, such as a tick twister or tick card. If these aren’t available, you can use a pair of fine toothed tweezers.
Using a tick removal tool via NHS Highland
There is no need to consult your GP if you have been bitten and have no symptoms. However, do keep an eye on the bite area, and if you develop ANY rash (not just one resembling a bullseye) or develop any flu-like symptoms in the weeks following a bite, make an appointment with your GP right away.
Make sure to tell your GP that you’ve been bitten, or if you’ve been in an area where ticks are present – wooded, grassy areas with dense overgrowth. This is where taking pictures can help, they can be assessed if any rash disappears or spreads 📸
Remember, not everyone who contracts Lyme Disease develops a rash, or notices a bite, so it’s very important to be aware of, and seek advice for any flu-like symptoms quickly:
➡️ Muscle aches
➡️ Joint pain
➡️ Stiff neck
Self-help guide for tick bites – this can help asses any symptoms and direct you to the right care in the right place.
General information on tick bites