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Y do I still need 2take antibiotics 4infection from bug bite if swelling/redness gone away(instructed by dr)?Isn't it bad to take too much antibiotics

Y do I still need 2take antibiotics 4infection from bug bite if swelling/redness gone away(instructed by dr)?Isn't it bad to take too much antibiotics

Cellulitis: According to antibiotics, need to complete course of abx , 5, 7 or 10 days. If it is stopped half way , you can develop antibiotic resistance and same abx maynot be effective next time ...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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Will antibiotics work against spider or bug bites?

Will antibiotics work against spider or bug bites?

Only when infected: Spider bites often get infected and this is when antibiotic use comes into play. When the tissue damage is too severe, a surgeon may even have to cut off the damage tissue. ...Read more

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I was prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for a bug bite that caused an allergic reaction & became infected Do I absolutely have to take the steroids?

I was prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for a bug bite that caused an allergic reaction & became infected Do I absolutely have to take the steroids?

No: I would take the abx but the steroids are optional.They actually similar to stress hormones your body already makes, and a short course may help, but you could chose to go without with no significant risk. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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Is Windex good for bug bites?

Unsure: If you were in the cast of the "Big Fat Greek Wedding", the answer would be yes. I do not see any therapeutic effect from it but it may soothe the itching a little. For itchy lesions, hydrocortisone cream works better. For sores, you may need an antibiotic. Some bites (black widow, brown recluse spiders) often require medical attention. ...Read more

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How to tell types of bug bites?

How to tell types of bug bites?

Very difficult: Its not really important which type as they are all treated in the same way. ...Read more

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Mysterious bug bites, what to do?

Mysterious bug bites, what to do?

Difficult to say: It is hard to say without knowing what the rash looks like and how and where the bites have occurred. ...Read more

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What kind of bug bites in a triangle and how is this treated?

What kind of bug bites in a triangle and how is this treated?

Bed bugs: Bed bugs can cause triangular shaped bites, cleaning, some local otc Hydrocortisone can help, if not c ur doctor. ...Read more

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Bug bites on the thighs and butt, what kind of bites are they?

Bug bites on the thighs and butt, what kind of bites are they?

Are you serious?: How could anyone answer a question like that over the internet? ...Read more

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How to get rid of bug bites?

Treat appropriately: I suspect that the bugs are no longer around and that you had reactions limited to the skin. You can use OTC antihistamines, such as cetirizine, fexofenadine or at night diphenhydramine. You can apply cold compresses, and then a "cocktail" of Sarna with pramoxime (good anti-itch lotion) with hydrocortisone 1% 2-4 times daily. If this treatment does not help, see a physician. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of bug bites ?

How can you get rid of bug bites ?

Exterminator: If there is a bed bug infestation, then it may be best to speak with a local exterminator to help define the extent of the problem and offer some suggestions. ...Read more

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Warm to the touch swollen bug bites?

Normal: If it gets larger, more swollen and redder you may have a secondary infection and need to be seen for treatment. ...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