It’s tough advice, but leave the bite alone. When you scratch, it creates openings in your skin that allow bacteria in and cause infection.
To relieve the itch and lower your chances of an infection:
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- Apply calamine lotion or anti-itch cream.
- Put an ice pack on the bite.
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine.
If a bite causes fever, vomiting, or shortness of breath, call 911 or get to an emergency room immediately.