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What are some natural remedies for infected insect bites?

What are some natural remedies for infected insect bites?

Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil and colloidal silver are great natural remedies for infected insect bites. Depending on how badly infected, you can take the colloidal silver internally as well. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

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


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Infected insect bites? How can you tell, if it's big but no pus is coming out?

Infected insect bites? How can you tell, if it's big but no pus is coming out?

Insect bites: Infection happens usually because of scratching. If the insect bite gets swollen, red, hard and tender, it's probably infection and will need an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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How can my boyfriend prevent getting infected insect bites on his legs? It looks really bad?

How can my boyfriend prevent getting infected insect bites on his legs? It looks really bad?

Don't Scratch: If it looks "bad" it sounds like it might already be infected and he needs to see his physician. To prevent infection, no scratching and apply neosporin. ...Read more

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Used bactroban (mupirocin) cream on infected insect bites, all healed but left with whiter skin where I used the cream because have tanned legs, will it even out?

Used bactroban (mupirocin) cream on infected insect bites, all healed but left with whiter skin where I used the cream because have tanned legs, will it even out?

Should resolve: While I am strongly opposed to tanning since it damages your skin, the white spots developed because of the problem you had on your skin beforehand. This is called post inflammatory hypopigmentation and will resolve with time if you wear sunscreen on your legs tell your legs are not so tan it will make the spots less noticeable till they resolve. ...Read more

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I need some advice for baby's infected insect bite?

I need some advice for baby's infected insect bite?

Apply cream: Check bite site for any superficial pus, worsening inflammation, redness or tenderness. You can use antiseptic wash (e.g. savlon) followed by antibiotic cream (neosporin). Monitor for fever or signs of systemic infection ...Read more

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Can I go the doctors with a sspected infected insect bite?

Yes: If you think you have an infection then you should see the doctor. ...Read more

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First aid for infected insect bite?

First aid for infected insect bite?

Antibiotics: Bug bites are an annoying fact of outdoor life. When the bite becomes infected (which happens rarely) you will need to go to your doctor for oral antibiotics. Warm compresses, anti-pain, and anti-itch medications will make the site feel better too. ...Read more

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Should I go the ER with a suspected infected insect bite?

Should I go the ER with a suspected infected insect bite?

Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics. You would save more money by going to see your local physician. Then you will have a way to follow up by the same physician who treated you. This continuity of care is more important to your final outcome. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for a baby's infected insect bite?

What are some treatments for a baby's infected insect bite?

Bacitracin: Apply over the counter Bacitracin ointment and prevent the baby from scratching it by covering it. ...Read more

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What can I use for infected insect bite on knee?

What can I use for infected insect bite on knee?

Antibiotic cream: Depending on the extent of the infection, if it is just local, then antibody cream or ointment would be very appropriate. If the infection is more extensive than you may need antibiotics. If it is deep into the kneecap then the pus would have to be evacuated as well as the use of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can I use Hydrocortisone on an infected insect bite?

Can I use Hydrocortisone on an infected insect bite?

Yes: Would help the inflammation but won't treat the infection, keep the area clean though, see your doctor if no improvement, as you may need Rx meds, good luck ...Read more

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What can I do for infected insect bite?

Topical antibiotics: If the infection is local then topical antibiotic can be used. If it is deeper or more widespread then oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected insect bite?

How can I treat an infected insect bite?

Depends on Severity: If the degree of inflammation is mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day may resolve the infection.

However, for a bite that has pain, swelling, redness, warmth, and/or a yellowish exudate, consultation with a physician for appropriate treatment including systemic antibiotics is indicated. ...Read more

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What to do for infected insect bite besides avoid scratching?

What to do for infected insect bite besides avoid scratching?

See doctor: Seek medical attention as you will likely need antibiotics for treatment of the infections. ...Read more

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Should I go the doctors with a suspected infected insect bite? It is starting to hurt.

Should I go the doctors with a suspected infected insect bite? It is starting to hurt.

Yes: If the bite has become secondarily infected, you need treatment with antibiotics or if and abscess has formed, and I & d (incision and drainage of the abscess). ...Read more

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How to numb the pain of my infected insect bite besides a hot towel and aspirin?

How to numb the pain of my infected insect bite besides a hot towel and aspirin?

It may need Drainage: You need to see a physician. If you're having that much pain then I would be worried you have an abscess and this needs to be drained and then given antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of infected insect bite?

What are the symptoms of infected insect bite?

Pain, redness: An infected insect bite will get more painful and redder as 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 it's own. ...Read more

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Infected insect bite in hand?

Infected insect bite in hand?

Infected hand: Insect bite can be infected with routine skin bacteria however more exotic microrgansms are possible. Damage from the bug bite itself may be mistaken for an infection when in fact it is actually skin necrosis or an allergic reaction. Make sure it doesn resemble a recluse spider bite or something similar, get evaluated medically, your pcp or the er is a good starting point and/or see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do for infected insect bite? Warm compresses? Neosporin?

See your doctor: See your doctor to confirm if it is infected and what medicine you might need for care. ...Read more

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Infected insect bite on knee? Can a doctor prescribe something over the phone?

Infected insect bite on knee? Can a doctor prescribe something over the phone?

Maybe? No!: That insect bite on the knee may actually ber a community acquired staph infection, whcih may complicate into an infected bursitis. Since clinical efficacy is measured by a decrease in swelling, erythema, pain, any ethical doctor would be appalled if the knee were not examined prior to prescribing an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What do the rashes look like if someone has been infected with hiv? Are they small red bumps that look like insect bites that itch?

What do the rashes look like if someone has been infected with hiv? Are they small red bumps that look like insect bites that itch?

Variable: Hiv is a viral infection. Some people get a rash from the virus itself, some get rashes from the medications used to treat it, and some get rashes from other infections if the HIV is untreated. Like most viral infections, it can give pink dots all over which can run together. ...Read more

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How long before antibiotics should work on an infected insect bite?

How long before antibiotics should work on an infected insect bite?

If correct: For an infection you need and antibiotic specific for the germ. If not you won't be able to have it be effective. Sometimes besides in appropriate antibiotic, drainage which means opening up the wound to remove the pus is necessary. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics take to work for an infected insect bite?

How long should antibiotics take to work for an infected insect bite?

Antibiotics: Usually antibiotics takes 24-48 hours to help for an infected insect bite. The duration of effectiveness depends on severity of infection, organism, route of antibiotic use, associated complication. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics take to work on an infected insect bite from scratching?

How long should antibiotics take to work on an infected insect bite from scratching?

Few days: Bug bites are an annoying fact of outdoor life. When the bite becomes infected (which happens rarely) you will need to go to your doctor for oral antibiotics. Warm compresses, anti-pain, and anti-itch medications will make the site feel better too. Antibiotics usually work within 72 hours, if you don't see improvement call your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics take to work on an infected insect bite on the thigh?

Antibiotic action: Antibiotics take at least 6 hours to start working. There should be moderate improvement within 48 to 72 hours - less swelling, less tenderness, less hardness. ...Read more

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I went to the doctors over an itchy rash. Dr thinks its insect bites or scabies, it hasn't cleared but is no longer itchy, what else could it be?

I went to the doctors over an itchy rash. Dr thinks its insect bites or scabies, it hasn't cleared but is no longer itchy, what else could it be?

Still scabies: If you were treated forvscabies. The medicine can clear the infection but the inflammation will require several days for the skin to return to normal. During this phase a prescription topical steroid is useful. Also check for any other possible sources such as pets. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for infected insect bite?

Antibiotic: If the insect bite is infected, it will usually require either oral or topical antibiotic, in addition to topical steroid cream to treat the inflammation of the insect bite. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more