Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites
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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.

-- Diana Kohnle