Dr. Pimple Popper Removes a Tick in Her New Instagram Video

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  • Dr. Pimple Popper switches up her routine, removing a tick in a new video.
  • Sandra Lee MD shows off perfect CDC protocol, grabbing the insect close to its head with tweezers and pulling upward in a steady, even motion.
  • Soft ticks can attach and feed off the same host for days, and leave behind some serious infections, like Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis.

    Dr. Pimple Popper proves she is not a one-trick pony in her latest video. The squeezer of cysts, plucker of pimples, and lifter of lipomas has another equally unappetizing but handy proficiency: She can quickly remove a blood-sucking insect.

    A new silent video shows Sandra Lee, MD—host of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper—using a pair of tweezers to dislodge what looks like a soft tick from a patient’s midriff. Lee follows removal protocol from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention perfectly, grabbing the bug as close to its head as possible and pulling upward with steady, even pressure. (Twisting or jerking can leave mouth parts in the skin.)

    “Not everything I see in the office requires a pop!” the description says. “Here’s a look at some of the behind-the-scenes you may see in the dermatology office!”

    The soft tick can feed on a single host for days. Tick bites are common in the Eastern half of the U.S. and also Lee’s home turf of California. The little suckers can carry some serious diseases, including Lyme, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and ehrlichiosis. The rashes make up a good chunk of many dermatologists’ business.

    Watch the video here:

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