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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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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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What can I do for infected insect bite?

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

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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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

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Infected Insect Bite (Definition)

Infected insect bites are conditions where insect bites break the skin barrier introducing skin bacteria that cause an infection in the area of the bite. Infections can also be due to a person's scratching harshly and ...Read more