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What's the treatment for a bristleworm sting?

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Call your doctor if you're bitten or stung by a bristleworm. Treatment may include:

  • Putting acetic acid (vinegar) or isopropyl alcohol on the area.
  • Removing bristles with tweezers or adhesive tape.
  • Using hydrocortisone cream 3 times per day if needed.
  • If there are signs of an infection (such as pus, redness, or heat) apply topical antibiotic ointment. You may need to take oral antibiotics.
  • To ease pain, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help. Follow the directions on the package. Take care not to take too much or to use them too often.

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