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Antibiotics For Bug Bites
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
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
I was prescribed antibiotics & prednisone for a bug bite that caused an allergic reaction & became infected Do I absolutely have to take the steroids?
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
Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.
It is active: Against much staphylococci.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
Are you serious?: How could anyone answer a question like that over the internet? ...Read more
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