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Removed tick, site swollen, red and itchy, headache, stiff neck, mixed connective tissue disease, allergic to nsaids and aspirin

I removed a tick today and the site is swollen and red- extremely itchy. I have had a headache all day, stiff neck (I think the tick bit me either yesterday or the day before). I have mixed connective tissue disease so am immunosuppressed w/ prednisone and plaquenil . I m allergic to nsaids , aspirin- what can I do to help the symptoms- tylenol? I have already taken prednisone and cleaned the wound and rash w/witch hazel- I also just took my zyrtec (which I usually take at night). I may have some antibiotics around from dental work- and probably have some antibiotic creme somewhere..
Asked On : Tue, 22 May 2012
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If a bite becomes irritated, apply an antibiotic ointment, such as bacitracin or polymyxin B sulfate, and cover it with an adhesive bandage. The ointment will keep the bite from sticking to the bandage. Note: Stop using the ointment if the skin under the bandage begins to itch or a rash develops. The ointment may be causing a skin reaction.
After you remove the tick, wash your hands really well with soap and water.

Try a nonprescription medicine for the relief of itching, redness, and swelling. Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions.
An antihistamine medicine, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, may help relieve itching, redness, and swelling. Don't give antihistamines to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
A spray of local anesthetic containing benzocaine, such as Solarcaine, may help relieve pain. If your skin reacts to the spray, stop using it.
Calamine lotion applied to the skin may help relieve itching.
After the first 6 hours, if there is no swelling, try putting a warm washcloth on the bite for comfort.

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Answered: Mon, 28 Oct 2013
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