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New Animation - How to Safely Remove Ticks

A new animation showing how to safely remove ticks by freezing, not squeezing, is now available on the ASCIA website  

To prevent allergic reactions to ticks it is important that ticks are NOT forcibly removed or touched. Disturbing a tick may cause more allergen-containing saliva to be injected by the tick. 

Allergic reactions to ticks range from mild, with swelling and inflammation (at the site of a tick bite), to severe (anaphylaxis). Published studies show that the safest way to remove a tick is to:

  • Freeze the tick, using a product that rapidly freezes and kills the tick, and allow it to drop off; OR
  • Leave the tick in place and seek medical assistance to remove the tick.

Development of this animation was funded by the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) and is a collaboration between the National Allergy Strategy, ASCIA, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) and TiARA.  

 Content created 13 April 2021