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I have an infected tick bite Will cephalexin help

A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rosin
47 years experience Internal Medicine
What is the source?: I you have an infection from the organism that ticks carry (babesia protozoa), you need much different treatment. If you have a secondary skin infect ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
No: If this is a tick bite that may pose a risk for lyme disease then Doxycycline is the drug of choice. Any risk from using this medicine far outweighs t ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: It would be unusual for a tick bite to get infected and require cephalexin. There are infections that can be transmitted by the ticks themselves, but ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No different: There is no way to tell infected vs noninfected deer tick bites by merely looking at them. However, if you see the typical bulls-eye rash, think lyme ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Please don't: Give yourself antibiotics (amoxicillin) to self -treat without having your lesion medically evaluated.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
See a doctor: Get proper examination and antibiotic treatment before the infection spreads or gets worse.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience Dermatology
Depends on Severity: If the degree of inflammation is mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day may resolve the infection. However, for a ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tick bite allergy: Hello, our immune system reacts typically after it has been exposed to a particular allergen or trigger in the past. After the first exposure, we acti ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Insect bites: wash hands well, try to cut finger nail short and try not to touch the infected area. apply antibiotic ointment
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammed Karim
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Apply cream: Check bite site for any superficial pus, worsening inflammation, redness or tenderness. You can use antiseptic wash (e.g. savlon) followed by antibiot ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience Travel Medicine
Few days: Bug bites are an annoying fact of outdoor life. When the bite becomes infected (which happens rarely) you will need to go to your doctor for oral anti ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: I would take the abx but the steroids are optional.They actually similar to stress hormones your body already makes, and a short course may help, but ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
If correct: For an infection you need and antibiotic specific for the germ. If not you won't be able to have it be effective. Sometimes besides in appropriate ant ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Not the best one: That particular antibiotic would not be my first choice for this condition. You would be better off seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get it looked ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Mosquito: Possible but not very likely once you have seen or felt it on your skin.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
I don't advocate: Self care if the lesion is infected. Please have it medically assessed.
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Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Hydrocortisone: You can but I would not.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
29 years experience Pediatrics
Antibiotics: Usually antibiotics takes 24-48 hours to help for an infected insect bite. The duration of effectiveness depends on severity of infection, organism, r ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably not: Rare to get infection from bug bite--usually just local irritation. Try ice an perhaps a topical steroid cream. If it does not improve or worsens, s ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on variables: If the bite became infected and the swelling came up after infection set it this would be reasonable.If your ear is just swollen as part of the bite r ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Probably not: Bactrin is not normally prescribed for tooth infections. You need to make an appointment with a local dentist to have the tooth evaluated and treated. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics. You would save more money b ... Read More

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