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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can i treat an infected insect bite?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 42 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.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: See your doctor for an evaluation to see if the bite is truly infected and if so whether oral or topical antibiotics are needed.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of infected insect bite?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 29 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.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

How do I treat and stop an infected insect bite from spreading?

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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 34-year-old member asked:

I need some advice for baby's infected insect bite?

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Dr. Mohammed Karim
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Apply cream: Check bite site for any superficial pus, worsening inflammation, redness or tenderness. You can use antiseptic wash (e.g. savlon) followed by antibiotic cream (neosporin). Monitor for fever or signs of systemic infection
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Can i go the doctors with a sspected infected insect bite?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Yes: If you think you have an infection then you should see the doctor.

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