Ticks are vectors of many deadly diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Fever and so on. If you live in a tick infested area, you must take preventive measures to stop tick bites. You must conduct a complete examination of your body after coming from outdoors and also use insect repellent sprays to deter tick bites. Today we will discuss some home remedies for tick bite on a person:
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1. Remove the tick
If the tick is still attached to the skin, you must remove it using tweezers or forceps. Grasp the tick firmly nearer to the skin and pull it upwards vertically. Do not squeeze the tick as it might burst open. This can transmit its blood into you should you happen to have a tiny cut or nick on your skin. Once you have removed the tick, bag it for identification purpose. Wash the bitten area of the skin with water and soap. Apply an antibiotic cream to the skin.
2. Take colloidal silver
Colloidal silver strengthens immunity and protects against many vector borne diseases. You can also take silver nanoparticles. In fact; many people take colloidal silver prior to hiking in tick infested areas as it acts as a broad spectrum antibacterial agent that protects against many pathogens, especially ticks.
3. Use apple cider vinegar
Spraying your body with apple cider vinegar before the hike can help prevent ticks from latching onto your skin. You can also drink apple cider vinegar (preferably organic only) to strengthen the immunity and fight tick bite fever and other organisms. Dabbing the bite with undiluted apple cider vinegar can also help prevent infection and stop tick bite itchiness.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and anti-septic. This prevents the bite from getting infected so take one tablet of turmeric daily or a teaspoon of the powder with milk. Turmeric can also heal the bites quickly and prevent itchiness. You can also safely give turmeric to children to protect against many tick bite diseases.
DMSO is a great remedy to remove a tick that is embedded in the skin. Liberally apply DMSO on the tick and it will roll off out of the skin within minutes.
6. Essential oils
Many essential oils can prevent swelling and infections caused by tick bites. Apply lavender or peppermint essential oil to the bitten area of the skin 2-3 times a day. You can use either oil. To prevent tick bites, mix together geranium and cedarwood essential oils and apply all over the skin when going out in tick infested woods. To kill a tick attached to your skin, apply thyme essential oil directly on it. You can also add a drop each of peppermint and tea tree oils to a teaspoon of castor oil and apply it to the bite to prevent bulls’ eye rashes.
Poultices are perfect for treating tick bite that itches and is red. Apply chamomile or charcoal poultice on the tick bitten areas to bring down redness and swelling and facilitate quick healing. You can mix the powdered charcoal in some warm water and apply it to the skin. Cover with a paper bag or towel and secure with tape. This will heal the tick bite quickly.
8. Epsom salts
For instant tick bite itch relief, mix some Epsom salts in water and apply the paste to the skin. This will reduce itchiness and redness and also heal the bites faster.
9. Bicarb soda baths
Add 2 cups of soda to your bath water and soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes. This remedy will create an alkaline environment and destroy the nymphs, larvae and even adult ticks. It is a useful alternative for adults and babies who cannot use other tick bite remedies due to allergic reactions etc.
Tick bites can lead to Lyme disease. Watch out for symptoms like joint pain, flu, swelling, dizziness and other debilitating symptoms. The best tick bite treatment in such a case is antibiotics. Take the dose as directed by your physician to prevent chronic Lyme disease symptoms.