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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
Dermatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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].
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