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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?

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

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Black widow spider bite symptoms what are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite and what is the recommended treatment?

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

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What treatment at home can be done for black widow spider bite? Which antibiotic is best?

What treatment at home can be done for black widow spider bite?  Which antibiotic is best?

Spider Bite: Treatment for serious reactions to a black widow spider's bite will be beyond the scope of most medical offices and urgent care centers. Pain relief may require the use of narcotics and Antivenin (antitoxin to counteract the effects of the spider venom). ...Read more

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Should i treat my child with antibiotics after black fly bite?

Should i treat my child with antibiotics after black fly bite?

Fly Bite: It's never recommended to start antibiotic medication without examination by a doctor. Though infected bites do need to be treated with antibiotics, it's important to let your doctor examine the bite and make that determination. ...Read more

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A normal 17 yr old. Who gets bitten by black widow or brown recluse spider. Does he require treatment?

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

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Can black fly and/or deer fly bites cause flu like, severe body aches as an allergic reaction??

Can black fly and/or deer fly bites cause flu like, severe body aches as an allergic reaction??

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

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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?

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

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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!?

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

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