Fast Five Quiz: Tick Bites

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


March 11, 2022

Guidelines from the IDSA, American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and American College of Rheumatology (ACR) suggest N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), picaridin, ethyl-3-(N-n-butyl-N-acetyl) aminopropionate (IR3535), oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), p-methane-3,8-diol (PMD), 2-undecanone, or permethrin for the prevention of tick bites. They do not recommend burning an attached tick (with a match or other heat device) or applying noxious chemicals or petroleum products to coax its detachment. Instead, attached ticks should be promptly removed by mechanical means using a clean, fine-tipped tweezer inserted between the tick body and skin. Because the presence or absence of B burgdorferi in an Ixodes tick does not reliably predict the likelihood of clinical infection, routine testing is not recommended.

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