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how can i cure my hypersensitivity to insect bites?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Desensitization: Allergen desensitization does not work on all allergies--it is most effective with seasonal allergens, indoor allergens and insect bites.Insect bites from bees, red ants and wasps are treated with allergen desensitization.Allergen desensitization uses small amounts of the allergen the person is allergic to and injects the allergen into the individual's body.

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Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Parasites: Cockroaches frequently feed on human feces, and therefore they can disseminate cysts of enteric protozoans in the environment if such feces are contaminated (7, 16, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32). The important epidemiological role of cockroaches in transmission of intestinal entamoeba histolytica-associated amoebiasis was demonstrated in 1971 (25) and in giardiasis in 1981 (16).
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Red ant bite. Hurts a lot. Not like black ant. Why?

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Red ant bites: Red ant bites inject venom; black ants just pinch.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the first aid for insect bite in tropics?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Depends: There can be some pretty nasty insects in the tropics. However, most often just symptomatic treatment works the best, like antihistamines, icing the area, wound cleansing if the bite is more severe and other common basic treatments.
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A 52-year-old female asked:

What do bed bug bites looklike?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
There may be : A red, raised area that may itch intensely sometimes there can be a series of linear lesions.
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How do you treat bed bug bites?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
Bed bug bites: The bites themselves are not self-perpetuating and they do not spread, but they are sometimes extremely itchy. Antihistamines can be used for the itch, as well as topical creams like cortisone 10. If a person is very sensitive and the reactions are unusually severe, oral steroids could be used, but these are not often needed. http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm.

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