By Cassie Johnston
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You notice a little itchy spot on your leg, look down and—oh no!—you see a tick attached to you. What do you do? Well, you grab your tick kit of course! A tick kit contains all the tools you need to properly and safely remove a tick, document the bite, and treat the bite site. It’s like a first aid kit, but specifically for tick bites.
Why do you need a special kit just for tick bites? Well, tickborne illnesses are on the rise across the globe, and while bite prevention is the best line of defense, once a tick has embedded itself into you, proper removal, treatment, and documentation (and possibly testing) is important to keeping you and your family healthy.
You shouldn’t freak out when you find a tick, but it is better to get it off as soon as possible, and the last thing you want to be doing is running around the house trying to find the tools you need. A tick kit keeps it all in one spot. We keep ours on a shelf in our guest bathroom. Easy to grab, easy to use.
So let’s dig into how to make one. Here’s everything I keep in my tick kit. Yours might vary, but this is a good starting point.
Some things that other people put in their tick kits: tick identification cards, the contact info for their health care professionals/nurse line phone numbers, and tick testing information.
I believe a tick kit is a must for any household in an area where ticks are prevalent, and considering ticks are found in all 50 states, I’d say it’s a must for every household! It’s also a great idea to keep a tick kit in your car and one in your backpack if you do a lot of hiking or camping.
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I always find it irritating and difficult to deal with tick bites! Thanks for sharing such a useful kit, Cassie. I feel highly protected now <3
One good thing about living in Phoenix: minimal risk of ticks. Almost stepping on a scorpion at 2:00 a.m. on barefoot journey to the bathroom? Yes. Ticks? No.
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