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How do you clean a tick bite?

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  • Wash hands and clean the bite area with warm water and gentle soap.
  • Apply alcohol to the bite wound to prevent infection.

From: Tick Bite Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: “Tick Bites."

KidsHealth: "Tick Removal, A Step-by-Step Guide" and "Tick Bites."

CDC: "Lyme Disease Symptoms;" "Lyme Disease: Treatment and Prognosis;" and "Tick Removal."

Wormser, G. 2006. Clinical Infectious Diseases,

FamilyDoctor: "Lyme Disease."

UpToDate.

Ticks Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: “Tick Bites."

KidsHealth: "Tick Removal, A Step-by-Step Guide" and "Tick Bites."

CDC: "Lyme Disease Symptoms;" "Lyme Disease: Treatment and Prognosis;" and "Tick Removal."

Wormser, G. 2006. Clinical Infectious Diseases,

FamilyDoctor: "Lyme Disease."

UpToDate.

Ticks Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

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