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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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What is the treatment for infected insect bite?

What is the treatment for infected insect bite?

Antibiotic: If the insect bite is infected, it will usually require either oral or topical antibiotic, in addition to topical steroid cream to treat the inflammation of the insect bite. ...Read more

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What can I do for infected insect bite?

What can I do for infected insect bite?

Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected insect bite?

How can I treat an infected insect bite?

Depends on Severity: If the degree of inflammation is mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day may resolve the infection. However, for a bite that has pain, swelling, redness, warmth, and/or a yellowish exudate, consultation with a physician for appropriate treatment including systemic antibiotics is indicated. ...Read more

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First aid for infected insect bite?

First aid for infected insect bite?

Antibiotics: 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. ...Read more

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What can I use for infected insect bite on knee?

What can I use for infected insect bite on knee?

Antibiotic cream: Depending on the extent of the infection, if it is just local, then antibody cream or ointment would be very appropriate. If the infection is more extensive than you may need antibiotics. If it is deep into the kneecap then the pus would have to be evacuated as well as the use of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should I go the ER with a suspected infected insect bite?

Should I go the ER  with a suspected infected insect bite?

Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics. You would save more money by going to see your local physician. Then you will have a way to follow up by the same physician who treated you. This continuity of care is more important to your final outcome. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of infected insect bite?

What are the symptoms of infected insect bite?

Pain, redness: An infected insect bite will get more painful and redder as time passes. The area involved will also increase, and it may swell and start to drain. Warm compresses can help you clear the area over time; most minor skin infections don't need oral antibiotics, but if it's not improving with home care you might, so see your dr if it doesn't clear on it's own. ...Read more

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I need some advice for baby's infected insect bite?

I need some advice for baby's infected insect bite?

Apply cream: Check bite site for any superficial pus, worsening inflammation, redness or tenderness. You can use antiseptic wash (e.g. savlon) followed by antibiotic cream (neosporin). Monitor for fever or signs of systemic infection ...Read more

Insect Sting (Definition)

A insect sting results in an injection by a specifically designed structure of an organism and usually contains chemicals that can cause all sorts of responses, some toxic. Whereas a bite can also contain chemicals which cause all sorts of reactions but comes from the mouth parts which may be fangs or other teeth or large mandible components or simply be part of the ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Infected Insect Bite (Definition)

Infected insect bites are conditions where insect bites break the skin barrier introducing skin bacteria that cause an infection in the area of the bite. Infections can also be due to a person's scratching harshly and ...Read more