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Infected Insect Bites With Serous Exudates And Crusting
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: If you think you have an infection then you should see the doctor. ...Read more
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
See doctor: Seek medical attention as you will likely need antibiotics for treatment of the infections. ...Read more
See your doctor: See your doctor to confirm if it is infected and what medicine you might need for care. ...Read more
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
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
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
Antibiotic action: How you seen your doctor and got started on antibiotics? The infection is causing the pain. 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
My son got an infected insect bite 2 months ago and the doctor prescribed antibiotics which helped with the oozing of pus but now he has a hard lump?
I am a 23 yr old female and about 2 days ago started getting a sore tounge with a white color which spread to my inner cheeks? I am currently on 2 antibiotics for an infected insect bite. Doxcyline and bactrim ds. For the past 4 days and today just disco
From your history and explanation of symptoms, it sounds like you are dealing with thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that affects the mouth and tongue. It can result from a person taking antibiotics. This happens because the antibiotics tends to kill bacteria in your body (both good and bad bacteria) the good bacteria, believe it or not, maintains a normal balance in your mouth, and when this is interrupted (by antibiotics in your case) yeast tends to overgrow and cause infection.
The treatment is with an anti-fungal medication that is oral. You "swish" it around in your mouth then swallow it. It can only be prescribed by a doctor. If you are unable to see your doctor, you can go to an urgent care or walk in clinic for treatment.
Good luck. ...Read more
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?
I asked what to do about insect bites (mosquito) on knees/lower extremities and the pain goes up to 10 another doctor answered that it was probably not a mosquito and it could be infected. What type of bug do you think it would be?
No way to tell: There are more insect species than animal species and thus there is no way to give you a definite answer. Some bites are more typical than others but the only definite answer is having the body of the actual insect observed to have bitten you. Else it would be mostly circumstantial evidence. ...Read more
Germs: The bite itself can be sterile, but it opens the skin and any nearby germ can take advantage of the opening to enter and trigger infection. Having soiled skin or scratching the area increases the chances a germ can enter. A thorough immediate cleansing of bite areas will decrease the risk. ...Read more
Clinics would not help my infected index finger from an insect bite. They said go to emerg. I found cefprozil from a relative. No insurance, any advi?
Don't do it.: Taking a relative's medication is never a good idea for many reasons - you may be allergic, & nobody is monitoring you, for starters. And how do you know it's infected? Most bites do well with a mild cortisone cream and antihistamines for the itching, but if pain or significant tenderness develops, you'll need to see a doctor (sorry) and get the right antibiotic, not your relative's leftovers. ...Read more