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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

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
64 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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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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Infected insect bite (Tip)

Bites ; stings are more serious if you develop a severe allergic reaction, a large skin infection. ...See 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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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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Infected insect bite (Tip)

Annoying bug bite. Itching, itching mosquito.Ah...Soothing itch cream! ...See more

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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 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)

Ask your doc if you are travelling abroad about insects and symptoms to watch out for. Get vaccines. ...See 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?

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 (Tip)

When is it dangerous ? Do i need an epi -pen ? ...See 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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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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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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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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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?

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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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