Home Rx: With small tweezers, get as close as possible to where the insect is attached to the skin and pull straight out. Try not to squeeze the tick’s body too hard or you can actually inject some of its blood into your skin. Wash thoroughly with soap and water.
When to seek professional help: If you develop a headache, muscle soreness, a slight fever and other flulike symptoms up to a month after the tick bite, you may have contracted Lyme disease from a deer tick. Also see your doctor if you develop a distinctive bull’s-eye rash (a red center, surrounded by red rings) or even a disseminated rash on the trunk of your body.