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
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 06, 2014
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