Tick bites are treated by cleaning and applying antibiotic cream locally, and if the bitten area begins to itch, medications containing diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, can be used, states MedicineNet. Taking Benadryl orally in tablet form or applying a compound directly on the skin typically stops the itching.
The identity of bacteria a tick transmits to an individual determines the specific treatment that is necessary, notes MedicineNet. Knowing the type of tick, how long it was attached to the individual, community diseases and the individual's symptoms help a doctor make a diagnosis and treatment plan. For instance, a doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics for tick bite patients living in a community where Lyme disease is common.