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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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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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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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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