A 30-year-old member asked:
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after one week of antibiotics for a tick bite, it still itches and it's a little red and firm, what should i do?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Steroid: Rub in a steroid cream. You may have a tube for poison ivy. Otc Hydrocortisone 1% is weak but may be enough. Don't be afraid to rub in several times a day. No need to wash before or after. If not ok in a week, see a dermatologist. Avoid antiseptics and antibiotics.If you have Bacitracin or neosporin do not use on this. Peroxide or alcohol will make it worse. Do not use a bandage.
Answered on May 16, 2020
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
See doc: It is possible that the actual tick bite site has become secondarily infected with skin bacteria and may need another type of antibiotic to cover this infection.
Answered on Aug 4, 2018
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
It is itchy, not painful. It is not an infection. "Antibiotics for tick bite"??? It is useful to give a SINGLE DOSE of doxycycline or minocycline to prevent lyme disease. Otherwise it it not appropriate use of antibiotic[s].
Apr 23, 2016

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