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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
, 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.
Hope this helps