How to prevent tick bites
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Wash the bite and surrounding area. Use a gentle antibacterial cleanser and warm water to wash the bite area at least three times a day. This will prevent infection, which can contribute to itchiness. After washing the area, apply rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to further disinfect it.
Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area. Allow the paste to dry and then rinse it off using cold water. This method can be used every few hours to treat infection and help stop the area from itching.
Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, which will decrease itchiness and redness. You can find nonprescription
antihistamines at most drug stores.
Tips & Warnings
- If your tick bite gets infected or you develop a fever, rash, nausea, headache or vomiting, seek medical help immediately. Save the tick and seal it in a plastic bag. In the incident that a more serious infection or disease should occur as a result of the bite, having the tick can aid in diagnosis. Do not scratch or pick at the bite. This can cause and spread infection. Avoid tick bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, along with close-toed shoes, in heavily wooded areas. You also can wear tick repellent.
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