Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites - Home Treatment
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
develop. If a bite becomes irritated, apply an antibiotic ointment,
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
For home treatment of
lice, scabies, tick bites or bedbugs,
see the topics
Tick Bites or information about
bedbugs. Symptoms to Watch For During Home Treatment
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to
evaluate your symptoms if any of the following occur during home
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 26, 2010
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