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Deer Fly Bite Symptoms
Is it normal that my deer fly bite is still itchy and raised (with a dark middle) two months after the bite?
Possibly: Signs of a deer fly bite can last quite a long time. They can also wax and wane for a period. If the area becomes painful, hot or increasing size it needs to be evaluated as deer flies are know hosts for tularemia — a disease that would require antibiotics. ...Read more
Allergix reaction to deer fly bite. My foot is swollen red and warm to touch itches terribly. Should I seek a dr?
Yes: Because deer fly may carry infections.Get a more detailed answer ›
Normal: Deer Fly bites can induce a response that lasts for several days. ...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
I was bitten by a deer fly last eve on my foot near my toes. Swelling is moving up foot w/ burning/tingling. I norm swell up some, but this is worse?
C Ur PCP now. ..: If red sore fever chills, many B infected, so proper evaluation is needed. As long as U never had any respiratory problems, don't thing U need an Epipen but have 25mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with U & take it when bitten, get ice on it & stop what activity U R doing & do as I recommended. Get any toe rings off right away, they usually spread easily, cut off if needed. . ...Read more
Got bit by deer fly on head 5 days ago, now I have a head ache my eye is swollen and tender; allergic reaction?
I was bite by a deer fly 3 days ago and still have extreme swelling, bone pain, and radiating heat on my foot, ankle and calf. Should I seek treatment?
Bug bite: Absolutely — seek assistance sooner rather than later ...Read more
Swatted a deer fly off my arm today Used a wet wipe to clean hand of blood that smeared. Tonight a dime sized bruise is present, no bump. Is this ok?
Without a photo: Impossible to say if the bruise was from an insect bite, or the trauma from swatting it. ...Read more
Hateful Horseflies: Clean a horsefly bite with water and soap. Pat dry. Avoid itching. You can apply a 1 to 1 mix of baking powder & water in a poultice to the bite. You can also place honey over the bite or topical Hydrocortisone cream can be applied. You can use an NSAID for pain or anti-histamine for itching. ...Read more
I've had a horsefly bite for more than two days, is this meant to happen? Because it's still a deep purple colour...
Get examined: Horse fly bites can be very painful and can cause a considerable amount of swelling and discoloration. They can also cause anaphylaxis and lesser degrees of allergic reaction. Horse flies tend to transmit infectious diseases as they go from host to host. The bites can get secondarily infected. Best to get examined to be sure no infection. See>http://bit.ly/1EngCJI ...Read more
I have an infected horsefly bite, and it's been over two days and it's still a very deep purple colour. Why is this?
I was bitten by a horsefly and the bite has swollen and turned dark red in the center. What should I do to treat it?
Wash the bite: Wash the bite with soap and water, the red center is where the skin was broken, but there is a small risk of infection, so if it gets more swollen or develops pus see your Dr. Apply a cold pack to help with the swelling and if it is itching, an antihistamine will help with this. ...Read more
I have had an infected horsefly bite for more than 4 days and it's still a deep purple colour. Why is this? I have seen a doctor a few days ago
Could a horsefly bite cause hives/welting? I think I have 2-3 bites in one area on my hip. The area has swelled up and burns.
Hateful Horseflies: A horsefly actually slices off skin when it bites you with its scimitars. It then licks your blood. This causes a histamine release with immediate swelling (bump) in the area which is painful & itches. It can trigger an allergic reaction with hives and wheezing. Allergic reactions could also cause swelling of airway, lips, mouth or tongue with difficulty breathing, dizziness and generalized. ...Read more
I got bit by a horsefly that got infected, and I got given a penicillin type drug to help it however I've now got an itchy rash on leg. Is it linked?
You need to be: Seen by healthcare provider again to look at the pattern of the rash and skin infection to make sure it is improving on the penicillin type drug. Otherwise, you may need cultures and repeat blood work, or different antibiotic. There are lots of different things that cause rash, but if it was a fly and not a tick, then you should not get Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease, to rule out. ...Read more
Horsefly bite: Sounds like you are having a localized allergic reaction to the bite, but may also have an infection developing. Antihistamines may help reduce the swelling, as well as cool compresses, and elevating the hand (prop it up on some pillows), but if there is a question of infection (swelling, redness, warmth) then you need to see your provider for t reatment. ...Read more
Bite on top of head from horsefly. Two swollen glands popped at the base of the skull. Now another swollen on left side of neck. Is this normal?
Bit by deer tick 3 days ago, small red area with no progression, doesn't itch or isn't rash like and have no symptoms. Normal reaction?
Rash from tick bite: Tick mouth parts can remain in skin after tick removal and cause a small red bump at the site. If you have the tick, your dr. Can send it to the lab to determine type of tick. A preventative dose of antibiotics is usually given for a tick bite. I also recommend testing for lyme disease now and in 6 weeks to see if there are antibodies to lyme. Skin bump may need to be excised. ...Read more
Both ankles are itchy & swollen. Dog has fleas. I noticed a horsefly on my ankle yesterday. What should I take to stop itching and swelling?
Ankle Angst: Itching is s result of the release of histamine from cells in the skin. Scratching causes these cells to release more of this and other chemicals which then cause localized inflammation to occur. Treatment must manage both issues. Taking an antihistamine helps long term as it helps prevent recurrent itching in an old lesion. Icing helps in the immediate period as does a topical steroid. ...Read more
Treatment:: Sand fly bites need to be treated immediately to counteract the bacteria, or venom, that has just been deposited underneath the skin. Mixing one part hydrogen peroxide with one part betadine solution and dissolve the scab that has formed. This will reveal the wound underneath that also needs to be cleaned with this solution, after which antibacterial ointment must be applied. If worsens, see a doc. ...Read more
A horsefly actually: Takes a chomp out of your skin and it can contain pathogens. ...Read more
Pain, redness: An infected insect bite will get more painful and redder than 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 its own. ...Read more