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Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites

Don't scratch, do check yourself when you come inside

(HealthDay News) -- Bug bites can be more than a nuisance. It's important to care for them properly to avoid infection.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:

  • If you have a bite, don't scratch it.
  • Use calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to ease itching.
  • Take a bath or shower as soon as you come inside to help get rid of ticks.
  • Prevent tick bites by carefully inspecting your body (notably the underarms, in and around ears, belly button, backs of the knees, legs, waist and hair). Use a mirror for those hard-to-see places.
  • If you find a tick, remove it carefully.
  • Check for ticks on children and pets and any belongings you kept outside.
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