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When do antibiotics kick in for insect bites?

When do antibiotics kick in for insect bites?

They don't: Antibiotics are not generally of any use for insect bites.They will self heal over several days to a week.If the bite were also infected, the speed of action would depend on the type of infection involved. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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I am a 23 yr old female and about 2 days ago started getting a sore tounge with a white color which spread to my inner cheeks? I am currently on 2 antibiotics for an infected insect bite..Doxcyline and bactrim ds..For the past 4 days and today just disco

I am a 23 yr old female and about 2 days ago started getting a sore tounge with a white color which spread to my inner cheeks? I am currently on 2 antibiotics for an infected insect bite..Doxcyline and bactrim ds..For the past 4 days and today just disco

From : From your history and explanation of symptoms, it sounds like you are dealing with thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that affects the mouth and tongue. It can result from a person taking antibiotics. This happens because the antibiotics tends to kill bacteria in your body (both good and bad bacteria) the good bacteria , believe it or not, maintains a normal balance in your mouth, and when this is interrupted (by antibiotics in your case) yeast tends to overgrow and cause infection. The treatment is with an anti-fungal medication that is oral. You "swish" it around in your mouth then swallow it. It can only be prescribed by a doctor. If you are unable to see your doctor, you can go to an urgent care or walk in clinic for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.

Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.

Fusidium?: Fusidium is a genus of fungus. If there are lesions on the skin that are not clearing up, usually it is advised to see a medical provider to get the areas checked. ...Read more

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Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz

Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz

Fever? pain?: You neglected to describe the location, size, appearance, depth, or feeling associated with the "insect bite". Best to see a dermatologist. Most diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs [non dermatologists] are wrong. ...Read more

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Is the antibiotic cephlaxin good for poison spider / insect bites?

Is the antibiotic cephlaxin good for poison spider / insect bites?

No.: Cephalexin (and all other antibiotics) are prescribed for bacterial infections. Bug bites do not respond to antibiotics unless there is also an infection present, which does sometimes happen if bacteria gets into the bite. Most bites do well with a mild cortisone cream and antihistamines for the itching, but if pain or significant tenderness develops, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the antibiotic cephlaxin good for poison spider / insect bites? If not what is?

Is the antibiotic cephlaxin good for poison spider / insect bites? If not what is?

Yes and no: A poisonous insect bite that is not superinfected with bacterial infection will not be helped by antibiotic treatment. If there is bacterial superinfection with streptococcus sp. Or methicillin sensitive staph. Aureus it will improve with cephalexin(keflex) treatment. This antibiotic is not active against mrsa. ...Read more

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How long before antibiotics should work on an infected insect bite?

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 antibiotic, drainage which means opening up the wound to remove the pus is necessary. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics take to work for an infected insect bite?

Antibiotics: Usually antibiotics takes 24-48 hours to help for an infected insect bite. The duration of effectiveness depends on severity of infection, organism, route of antibiotic use, associated complication. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics take to work on an infected insect bite from scratching?

How long should antibiotics take to work on an infected insect bite from scratching?

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 antibiotics. Warm compresses, anti-pain, and anti-itch medications will make the site feel better too. Antibiotics usually work within 72 hours, if you don't see improvement call your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics take to work on an infected insect bite on the thigh?

Antibiotic action: Antibiotics take at least 6 hours to start working. There should be moderate improvement within 48 to 72 hours - less swelling, less tenderness, less hardness. ...Read more

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Infected insect bite in pregnancy? Safe to take oral antibiotics?

Infected insect bite in pregnancy?  Safe to take oral antibiotics?

Depends on type: This is something your primary physican or ob/gyn doctor can determine. There are references that tell which drugs are safe in pregnancy which the doc can use as needed. ...Read more

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My son got an infected insect bite 2 months ago and the doctor prescribed antibiotics which helped with the oozing of pus but now he has a hard lump?

My son got an infected insect bite 2 months ago and the doctor prescribed antibiotics which helped with the oozing of pus but now he has a hard lump?

Normal: After a skin infection has been treated, some individuals have more residual scar tissue than others. The scar tissue (fibrosis) is not dangerous, and may take many months to resolve. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph node at right side back of neck soreness of skin below scalp eight days antibiotics not working still..Can it be a insect bite?

Enlarged lymph node at right side back of neck soreness of skin below scalp   eight days antibiotics not working still..Can it be a insect bite?

See your DR.: Enlarged node in neck can occur with any irritation of the scalp, not always infection. The longer it exists and the depth of inflammation the more the lymph node will show. ...Read more

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How to get rid of an insect bite quickly, i.E over night?

No: Why would you feel the need to get rid of it so quickly when it will resolved itself over a few days? ...Read more

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Do you pop insect bites?

Do you pop insect bites?

Not a good idea: "popping" or pinching of insect bites does not speed up their resolution and may lead to scarring or infection. ...Read more

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How to stop insect bites from weeping?

How to stop insect bites from weeping?

Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more

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My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

Insect bites ?: See a dermatologist to see if they are really insect bites and not something else. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more