Babesiosis Home Care
Home care for babesiosis includes:
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Take prescribed antibiotics as directed:
Babesiosis Tick Removal
A tick can be removed safely in the following manner:
- Grasp the neck or head of the tick with tweezers. Do not squeeze the body.
- Pull slowly, and straight out. Do not twist the head.
- Remove remaining mouth parts by cleaning with alcohol and scraping with a knife, blade or sterile needle.
- Clean the wound with soap and water.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment.
- See a doctor within 24 hours if you cannot remove a tick.
Babesiosis Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if any of the following occur after a tick bite:
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