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what is the definition or description of: infected insect bite?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Infected bite: Infected insect bite is a bite that is secondarily infected with a microorganism usually staph or strep bacteria.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

Ant bite caused swollen and pimple where it hurts and itches. What should I do?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends on reaction: Insect bites can cause a variety of reactions, ranging from infections, mild allergic reactions, serious allergic reactions, and "toxin" reactions (but rarely fatal.) what should be done depends on which of these reactions is occurring. Swelling & a pimple could indicate an infection and/or an allergic reaction. Infections can worsen quickly so suspicions for this should be checked by your doctor.
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How to stop the itch from sand fly bites?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphen hydramine) will help itching although it may make you sleepy. Topically, you can try some Hydrocortisone cream. You can get both without a prescription.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I think I have some type of insect bites on my toes, I don't know what to do but rinse out shoes?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Insect bites: Treatment depends on the type of reaction. If there is only redness and pain at the site of the bite, application of ice is adequate treatment. If there is a more severe reaction like drainage or puss, you may need oral antibiotics. Initially topical cortisone treatment helps like prescription halog or clobex.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I think I have some type of insect bites on my toes, I don't know what but they really itch?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Sounds reasonable: Toes are a common location for bug bites, and bites tend to itch, so it's certainly possible that that's what you have. Without seeing your feet, there is nothing else to say.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What do I treat an insect bite with to stop itch?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Insect bite: If the insect bite is mild, apply a topical cream to ease pain and provide itch relief. Creams containing ingredients such as hydrocortisone, Lidocaine or pramoxine may help control pain. Other creams, such as calamine lotion or those containing colloidal oatmeal or baking soda, can help soothe itchy skin. If you have difficulty breathing go to the er as soon as possible.

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