Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites - Home Treatment
Common bites and stings continued...
home remedy, such as putting witch hazel or underarm deodorant on the bite. Home remedies haven't been proven scientifically, but usually they won't hurt you if you want to try them.
Prevent a skin infection
Wash the area with soap and water.
After washing, wipe the area with rubbing alcohol or first-aid antiseptic.
fingernails to prevent scratching, which can lead to infection. Do not break any
blisters that develop. 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.
For home treatment of
lice, scabies, tick bites, bedbugs, or kissing bugs, see the topics Lice, Scabies, Tick Bites, Bedbugs, and Kissing Bugs.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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