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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Infected Insect Bite (Overview)

Infected insect bite is a bite that is secondarily infected with a microorganism usually staph or strep bacteria.


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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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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
63 doctors shared insights

Infected Insect Bite (Overview)

Infected insect bite is a bite that is secondarily infected with a microorganism usually staph or strep bacteria.


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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 (Tip)

Many illnesses that are caused by insect bites have vaccines or treatments. Use repellant and nets. ...See more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
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Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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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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Infected insect bite (Tip)

To prevent them from getting infected, don't scratch. Local swelling is not an allergic reaction. ...See more

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What is the treatment for infected insect bite?

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

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Infected insect bite (Tip)

Bites ; stings are more serious if you develop a severe allergic reaction, a large skin infection. ...See 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