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Black Flies Bites Treatment
I had a bad reaction to being bitten by a lot of black flies while in japan. I ended up vomiting and fainting. Would this be due to so many bites or a?
Allergy: In most likelihood, you had allergy to the bites and it caused release of histamine causing vasodilatation or opening up of the blood vessels, decrease blood pressure, dizziness and fainting and vomiting. That is past so it would be difficult to find out now but your allergy can intensify on next exposure. ...Read more
Black widow spider bite symptoms what are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite and what is the recommended treatment?
Black Widow Spider: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. ...Read more
Got bit by at least 15 black flies while fishing all on my lower legs and my ankles are swollen and they burn and hurt to walk is that normal?
Normal: A dose or 2 of 20mg prednisone will help. A cortisone cream will help. Prescription strength will work better than OTC. Elevate legs to reduce swelling. Antihistamine such as cetirizine [Zyrtec]or loratadine [Claratin] might help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill: not to be used unless you are going to bed. Cool water will feel good. Reaction will subside over next few days. ...Read more
A normal 17 yr old. Who gets bitten by black widow or brown recluse spider. Does he require treatment?
Find out which one: It's important to find out which one as they require very different treatments. Black widows have a neurotoxic venom that can attack the respiratory system. Brown recluse (fiddle-back or violin spiders) have a hemotoxic venom that causes necrosis and ulcer formation. Both require treatment. See your doc right away. ...Read more
I have anxiety live in ontario, got bit by a black fly, now I'm concerned of disease but it doesn't hurt itch or anything, should I stop worrying!?
Consider yourself: Very lucky if it doesn't hurt or itch. Black Fly bites can cause symptoms for weeks. If you aren't symptomatic I would not fret. ...Read more
Ixodes scapularis: Of concerned with Deer ticks is Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans ( ...Read more
Husband was bit by a black fly 3 days ago. He's since had bad joint pain and swelling. He is feeling exhausted and just not himself. Is this normal?
Agree w Dr.: Poochikian. This is not normal & warrants medical care. The bite of the black fly can cause itching & marked local swelling which may continue for weeks. Allergic reactions can also occur. With heavy biting Black Fly Fever can occur with symptoms to include fever, headache, nausea & swollen lymph nodes. Secondary infection may occur. ...Read more
I was bit by an insect this weekend. I believe a black fly. The bite is behind my ear, red, swollen, tender and warm to touch & giving me a stiff neck?
Fly bite: You should have area examined as soon as possible to rule out an infection ...Read more
Soap and water: Any bite should be washed well with soap and water as quickly as possible after the bite. This flushes the wound and reduces the chances of infection. Then putting on neosporin, polymixin, bacitracin, etc (topical antibacterials) and a bandaid can be helpful. If the wound is deep, becomes more painful, or there is concern the animal is rabid, be seen immediately. Antibiotics if infected. ...Read more
Medical Evaluation: Animal bites can expose people to high amounts of bacteria deep into the skin and tissues of the body putting people at risk for infection. This can occur quickly and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Usually prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed as well as a tetanus shot. Depending on the type of animal and known information and history, treatment and testing for rabies may be appropriate. ...Read more
Beware "cheap": If the wound is minor, clean the wound immediately with warm soapy water and peroxide. Apply a clean bandage and head to the er. If you have serious bleeding or a severe injury head straight to the er. Severe infections and other problems are not uncommon and are best evaluated asap. You will need antibiotics. Have someone call animal control to evaluate the animal which caused the injury. ...Read more
What type?: Are upper teeth inside lower teeth, or lower teeth outside upper teeth, or both. Is crossbite dental, skeletal, or both? Are there other anomalies? Is there enough space to correct the malpositions? Ask a qualified Orthodontist, someone who treats this type of problem full time. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If cross bite is because of skeletal imbalance, most often the rx is to widen upper jaw. If cross bite is because of dental mal-positions, most often rx requires tooth movement. As no two cross bites are exactly alike, see a qualified orthodontic specialist for evaluation and treatment recommendations tailored to your needs. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on whether the spider was a medically significant venomous spider and what species or if the bite was from a non-medically significant species — and then any bite may become infected secondarily, so this should be watched too. ...Read more
Baking soda paste: Make a poultice of baking soda and water (sticky consistency) apply to affected areas. ...Read more
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