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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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!?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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