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Bug Bites That Contiue To Spead For A Week
If a dog with rabies bites you how long should it take just for the bite to show a sign of an infection?
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
Delayed reaction: Some people have delayed hypersensitivity reactions to the bite. Most of us are familiar with an immediate reaction - for instance a mosquito bites you and you immediately get a red, itchy bump. A similar reaction can be through a different pathway in your body, that can take days to activate and develop a reaction - it's called delayed hypersensitivity reaction, and likely what you are noting. ...Read more
3-28 days: A tick bite can transmit the organism that causes lyme, which can lead to a characteristic circular rash around the tick bite, beginning a few days to a few weeks after the exposure. Early treatment of lyme disease with antibiotics is important to prevent complications of late lyme disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you get the flesh eating bacteria through a scab? I'm planning a beach trip next week but I have many scabs from mosquito bites.
Not likely: People have been swimming with scabs forever. Obviously don't pick at them, they are there to protect you while your body heals. Furthermore, ocean water is not likely to harbor flesh eating bacteria. And do take mosquito repellant! Can't be too careful nowadays as mosquito borne illnesses are far more common than Flesh eating infections. ...Read more
Probably not: The bites from insects, if the body reacts to the bite, should cause an inflammatory reaction within a few hours to a day most often. ...Read more
If it's not bed bugs what other bugs leave this pattern? My daughter has been getting bite for about a week an a half, given antibiotics for cellulitis and then more appeared after 5 days on the AB and then every 3 or days reoccurrence. We encased the mat
Bites: scsbies is the first thing that comes to mind. This pattern is rather typical ...Read more
If a mosquito bites someone with a very active HIV infection and bites me immediatly after can I catch HIV that way?
Does your body develope a temporary immunity to salmonella after infection? Even if only for just a couple of days?
Yes; and Complex: All infections, if "cured", are cured by body immune system, not antibiotics ; other treatments. Antibiotics are poisons, ones selected because host generally tolerates them better than "infectious agent", a chemical warfare strategy. However, if immune system too compromised, just slows inevitable. However, limited clinical trial data on salmonella for definitive answers to your wise thinking. ...Read more
Yes: Bug bites can turn to blisters sometimes. This is from the intense reaction that the bite caused in the skin. It's best to not pop blisters as this can open the skin to infection. Topical steroids such as Hydrocortisone cream applied under a band-aid can help reduce the inflammation (and intense itching) and minimize the risk of infection. Fortunately, most bug bites improve in a week or so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long will it take hives on the face to go away? My doctor believes I picked up a virus of some kind in Honduras (not mosquito), parasite maybe.
Here are some...: The points delivered from Dr. S. Scholand are logical & practical so worthwhile to follow. As to the duration of hives, it widely varies as short as hours or as long as days or weeks, depending on the features of allergic reaction. Clinically, the history of onset, intensity, progress, evolution, and resolution of hives and other systemic symptoms will give a glimpse of individual pictures of... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My two months baby has hard spot of mosquito bite which was bitten a few week's before .. how to cure it and will it cause any problem to my?
How do you know if you got a spider bite vs. Something else like an ingrown hair or other irritation? My husband got a red bump on his stomach with redness surrounding it. After a few days it is barely starting to look better. If it was/is a spider bite
Hello. : Hello. Many spider bites cause no significant health problems. I don't know if he had a spider bite. Some spider bites have a black eschar (scab) in the middle and the skin around it is lighter colored (necrotic tissue). I am answering this six days after it was written, so hopefully it has healed by now. If it is red, hot, tender, swollen or purulent this many days out, then he may have an infection that would benefit from evaluation. ...Read more
Possible: Tick bites can be very reactive. Depending on your particular sensitivity to bites, you could have itching for 2-3 weeks or more. Perhaps you should use some topical steroid cream and some antihistamines and an ice pack. If this persists, you should be seen, especially if there is rash that continues to get bigger, if there is streaking, heat or fever or enlarged lymph nodes. Don't hesitate! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider and not know it? I've seen a few in my house before, can they kill me?
Not likely: It is hilly doubtful you saw both of these spiders, but not impossible. They can inflict quite a bite, usually not deadly, but with serious consequences that require medical intervention. If you think you have them in the house, have a professional exterminator deal with the problem. Good luck from nyc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it okay to wait a day to find out if a dog has been vaccinated or should one seek immediate treatment, with a bite looks more like a small scrape?
R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion . Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. Normally AUGMENTIN (amoxicillin and clavulanate) IS STARTED AND TTD GIVEN ...Read more