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Doctor insights on: Home Remedies For Silverfish

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Are silverfish bad for you?

Are silverfish bad for you?

Maybe: One group of spanish researchers looked for allergy antibodies against silverfish in a group of patients with asthma & found those antibodies in some. So it is possible that silverfish allergy may trigger asthma & allergic rhinitis. But that's only one report. Physicians typically find a single report or study interesting, even tantalizing but not convincing. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that I got bit by a silverfish?

Should I be worried that I got bit by a silverfish?

A tricky question: Most insect experts agree that silverfish actually don't bite humans, that their mouths and jaws are such that even if they tried they could only get a few layers of dead cells off the surface. So it raises the question, are you sure you were bitten by a silverfish and not another insect? The answer could be quite different then. ...Read more

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What to do for silverfish in my ear?

What to do for silverfish in my ear?

See an ENT: An ear, nose, & throat doctor can use an ear microscope to carefully remove the foreign body. If it is still alive you can use mineral oil in your ear to kill the insect prior to removal. Get it removed as soon as possible to decrease the chances of an outer ear infection. ...Read more

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Do silverfish bugs bite and leave welts?

Do silverfish bugs bite and leave welts?

No bites: Silverfish are not bloodsuckers. They eat carbohydrates like food droppings on the floor or the glue in bookbindings. They will not attack you. ...Read more

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Howdo I get rid of silverfish in my house? Gross.

Howdo I get rid of silverfish in my house? Gross.

You don't have to: Silverfish are called thysanura and are passive prehistoric insects common to most all households. They don't bite and don't transmit any diseases. So while a little creepy, they aren't a big problem. But if you must, you can call a professional exterminatior or use those "bombs" that you set off while you are away. Careful around pets, children and fish. ...Read more

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Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

No: Very few things can survive the acids in the stomach. The only reason some worms (roundworms, pinworms, hookworms) can infest the bowel is because the eggs are swallowed. ...Read more

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Can silverfish enter into children's ears?

Can silverfish enter into children's ears?

Insects in baby ears: Yes they can. It can make babies feel irritable as they do not know what is going on in their ears. You may need to see your pediatrician if you think the baby has silver fish in his or her ears. ...Read more

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Silverfish bug getting into infant's ears, what to do?

Silverfish bug getting into infant's ears, what to do?

See below: Use salt water (normal saline 0.9%) to flush out the bugs. Clear the bug from the bed. Then place glass containers around the child's bed legs so that any new bugs can't get into the bed. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a silverfish in my ear. After it came out, I was prescribed this ear drop. Now my ear seems as it is muffled and I have a dim ringing in ear?

Irritation: That would not be unusual after having a foreign body, insect , in your ear. You should see an ENT doctor for a thorough ear microscopic exam and likely a hearing test to thoroughly evaluate you. ...Read more

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My skin is thick and dark near lateral mallecous..any home remedies for treatment? If not other way?

My skin is thick and dark near lateral mallecous..any home remedies for treatment? If not other way?

Hmm: Is it a callus or a mole? I'd get checked to confirm what is is as dark spots can be suspicious for skin cancer and other things. Please see your doctor for a full exam. ...Read more