Insect Bites

It is very common for children in Arkansas to have multiple insect bites during warmer months.  These bites often swell, become red, and itch.  You can put 1% hydrocortisone ointment on these bites to help stop the itching.  If there is an open area, apply triple antibiotic ointment.

Call or make an appointment online if you are concerned that the area is infected.

Tick Bites

Ticks are common in Arkansas and almost all children will get a tick bite at some time.  Remove the tick as soon as you find it.  Most tick bites can be treated as an insect bite.  However, this area of the country has the highest risk for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Tularemia, all of which are spread through infected ticks. See the CDC maps of tick distribution.

Ticks don’t fly. They live in grasses and attach themselves to passing animals or people. Once they find a host, they crawl up to a likely spot and bite. Long sleeves and long pants tucked into boots will help you avoid tick bites.Light-colored clothing makes it easier to find ticks. Have your children shower when they come in from spending time outdoors and check them for ticks. Remove ticks as soon as you find them.

Consider using DEET or Permethrin insect repellents.

Symptoms of Tick Disease include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Malaise and body aches
  • Rash

Call or make an appointment online if you are concerned that your child has a tick disease.

Your MANA physician will check for tickborne diseases and help you determine whether your child is in any danger.

For more information, visit the tickborne illness page of the  Centers for Disease Control or that of the Arkansas Department of Health.

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