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A 32-year-old member asked:

should i go the er with a suspected infected insect bite?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
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 by going to see your local physician. Then you will have a way to follow up by the same physician who treated you. This continuity of care is more important to your final outcome.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for infected insect bite?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mitchell Bressack
Dermatology 43 years experience
Antibiotic: If the insect bite is infected, it will usually require either oral or topical antibiotic, in addition to topical steroid cream to treat the inflammation of the insect bite.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I do for infected insect bite?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of infected insect bite?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Pain, redness: An infected insect bite will get more painful and redder as time passes. The area involved will also increase, and it may swell and start to drain. Warm compresses can help you clear the area over time; most minor skin infections don't need oral antibiotics, but if it's not improving with home care you might, so see your dr if it doesn't clear on it's own.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I treat an infected insect bite?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
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 bite that has pain, swelling, redness, warmth, and/or a yellowish exudate, consultation with a physician for appropriate treatment including systemic antibiotics is indicated.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can i go the doctors with a sspected infected insect bite?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Yes: If you think you have an infection then you should see the doctor.

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