Tick Bites - Home Treatment
Home treatment to help relieve pain and itching
ice pack to your bite for 15 to 20 minutes once an hour for the first 6
hours. When you are not using ice, keep a cool, wet cloth on the bite for up to
6 hours. Try a nonprescription medicine for the relief of itching,
redness, and swelling. Be sure to follow the
nonprescription medicine precautions.
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 containing benzocaine, 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.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of
acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all
directions on the medicine bottle and box.
Do not take more than
the recommended dose.
Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past. If
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
If you are or could be
pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to. Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 23, 2011
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