Natural remedies for tick bites

There is nothing worse than a tick bite, especially if it is a type of tick capable of causing a dangerous type of infection, and therefore risking diseases as it could of the Lyme diseasein addition to other tick-borne diseases.

Home remedies for tick bites

For example, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which can be carried by blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks). Fever and chills, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, malaise and stiff neck may occur.

Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can be of great help if you suffer from any type of tick bite.

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3 Ideal Home Remedies for Tick Bites

1. Insect repellent (great for preventing tick bites)

Below is a simple recipe for making an ideal homemade repellent to avoid and prevent tick bites.

  • Ingredients: 9 drops lemongrass essential oil, 5 drops tea tree essential oil, 6 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 tbsp almond oil.
  • Preparation: Mix all the ingredients well. Then apply to the skin you want to protect.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is very effective in repelling ticks and other irritating insects. In fact, not only does he repel them, but he is able to kill them.

  • Ingredients: 2 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of almond oil.
  • Preparation: In a bowl put all the ingredients and mix well. Then put it in a spray can and spray clothes and exposed skin with it.

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3. Garlic

Believe it or not, eating natural garlic or garlic capsules reduces the risk of tick bites, as well as the risk of tick-borne diseases.

You can simply eat garlic in your favorite recipes, or use garlic capsules, which you can easily find at herbal stores.

What other treatments can we apply if a tick bites us?

In addition to applying some of the natural remedies we mentioned throughout the previous section, there are also other guidelines you can follow. In fact, some of them can be considered basic. Take note:

1. Remove the tick

If the tick is still attached to the person’s skin it is very important to remove it immediately. And how could we do it? Put on protective gloves and using clean tweezers, try to remove the tick’s head and mouthparts from the skin. If there are still a few of those mouthparts left, don’t try to remove them, your body will naturally expel them.

When you remove the tick, you should remove it gently and steadily. You must avoid twisting it. And, contrary to what you might think you’re doing, don’t try to knock it out or remove it with a match, hot match, or Vaseline. You will only get the tick to regurgitate infected fluids into the wound.

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2. Clean yourself and protect the wound well

After removing it, it is very important not only to wash your hands well. You should also clean the area where the tick bite occurred with a little warm soapy water. You can then apply a little rubbing alcohol to the bite, which will help stave off and prevent infection.

3. Consult your doctor

Although in most cases a tick bite is not a problem, sometimes it can become a serious problem, especially if you need antibiotic treatment to prevent Lyme disease (especially if after 30 days it there is any sign of infection).

You should see your doctor if the tick has burrowed into the skin, you cannot remove it, or its head or mouthparts cannot be removed. Also if you develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, nausea, muscle aches, vomiting or rash.

4. Medical follow-up

It is convenient for the doctor to keep track of the progress, especially if any type of complication has arisen or if there are any symptoms associated with Lyme disease or any other type of related infection.

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