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
- After washing, wipe the area with rubbing alcohol or
- Trim fingernails to prevent scratching, which
can lead to infection.
- Do not break any blisters that
- 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
For home treatment of lice, scabies, tick bites, bedbugs, or kissing bugs,
see the topics
Bedbugs, and Kissing Bugs.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home