Tick bites can be painful and itchy afflictions that can cause discomfort for anyone who suffers them. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to alleviate part of the pain associated with the bite of these little nuisances. Try learning a few of the steps you can take to ease the discomfort of a tick bite and help it heal. All it takes is a few items commonly found in most households.
Things You'll Need
- Antibacterial soap
- Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol
- Baking soda
- Cold compress
Wash the bite and surrounding area. Use a gentle antibacterial cleanser and warm water to wash the bite area at least three times a day. This will prevent infection, which can contribute to itchiness. After washing the area, apply rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to further disinfect it.
Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area. Allow the paste to dry and then rinse it off using cold water. This method can be used every few hours to treat infection and help stop the area from itching.
Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, which will decrease itchiness and redness. You can find nonprescription antihistamines at most drug stores.
In between baking soda treatments, use a cold compress, such as ice wrapped in a towel or a bag of frozen vegetables, to help reduce swelling and itch associated with a tick bite.
Tips & Warnings
- If your tick bite gets infected or you develop a fever, rash, nausea, headache or vomiting, seek medical help immediately.
- Save the tick and seal it in a plastic bag. In the incident that a more serious infection or disease should occur as a result of the bite, having the tick can aid in diagnosis.
- Do not scratch or pick at the bite. This can cause and spread infection.
- Avoid tick bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, along with close-toed shoes, in heavily wooded areas. You also can wear tick repellent.