How Tick it Away Works
As you can see Dr. Joe’s Tick it Away is a forked prong device. You simply slide the tick remover with a forward downward pressure and guide the tick into the tapered groove as far as possible. Try to keep the
wider part of the tick perpendicular to the length of the groove. This will facilitate
capturing the tick in the groove.
Once, the tick is caught as far down as possible in the groove, push the handle
down with constant gentle pressure. This will lift the front prongs of the tick
remover and in turn lift the tick away from the skin detaching it intact and alive.
One of the advantages of Dr. Joe’s Tick it Away is that the motion that lifts the front of the tick remover and the tick off
the skin also forces the tick further down the groove, enhancing the ability to
capture and detach even the tiniest tick. Once the tick is removed, clean the
site of the bite with betadyne and or alcohol.
The tick can be discarded or saved according to your doctor’s instructions. The
tick removers are made of plastic and are disposable; they should not be reused.
This avoids the risk of contamination and infection via improper sterilization of
the tick remover after its use.
Below shows the dangers of using other methods of removing a tick.
Do not use bare fingers, tweezers, forceps or other like devices that may squeeze
the body of the tick and thus stimulate or irritate it to regurgitate and inject
its infectious material into the host. The use of heat, vaseline and or other
chemicals on an attached tick may produce the same undesirable consequences. Do
not twist a tick off because the mouthpart has barbs and is not a corkscrew. These
methods also increase the chance of detaching the body and leaving the mouthparts
in the host. Leaving the mouthparts or "head" in the host may cause local irritation
and secondary infection. The only safe way to remove an attached tick is to lift
the tick intact away from the skin without crushing, squeezing or irritating the
tick in any way as with Dr. Joe’s Tick it Away.