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Horsefly Bites And Treatment
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 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'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 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 it's 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer