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What should i do if i get a tick bite?

  • If you get a tick bite, don’t panic. It’s a common occurrence, especially in Southern Norway. However, it’s important to remove the tick as quickly as possible. If the tick is removed within 24 hours, the likelihood of contracting borreliosis is very low.
  • It’s important to note that the situation differs slightly for TBE, as this virus can be transmitted shortly after a tick bite. Removing the tick quickly doesn’t prevent TBE, but there’s an effective vaccine available for prevention.
  • To remove a tick use a pair of tweezers, a tick removal tool or your own nails. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out. Don’t be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin (seen as a black spot). This does not increase the risk of tick-borne diseases.
  • Some people lubricate the tick with butter, petroleum jelly or alcohol in an attempt to remove the tick. We do not recommend this, as it may delay tick removal.
  • Contact a doctor if you experience any symptoms that can be related to the tick bite.