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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

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 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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is an infected insect bite dangerous in pregnancy?

Is an infected insect bite dangerous in pregnancy?

Not necessarily: Pregnancy is always tricky and needs careful care with your gynecologist. Treatment for infection requires careful choice for efficacy and toxicity, and you have to do this carefully with people are pregnant. ...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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Infected insect bite in pregnancy? Safe to take oral antibiotics?

Infected insect bite in pregnancy? Safe to take oral antibiotics?

Depends on type: This is something your primary physican or ob/gyn doctor can determine. There are references that tell which drugs are safe in pregnancy which the doc can use as needed. ...Read more

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How can I numb the pain of my infected insect bite besides a hot towel and advil (ibuprofen)?

How can I numb the pain of my infected insect bite besides a hot towel and advil (ibuprofen)?

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

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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?

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?

Normal: After a skin infection has been treated, some individuals have more residual scar tissue than others. The scar tissue (fibrosis) is not dangerous, and may take many months to resolve. ...Read more

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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: 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

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What can I do to know if insect bites are infected?

Check for pus: Check inset bite site regularly for any signs of pus formation. Monitor for worsening pain, redness, tenderness and inflammation at bite site. Also look for fever or signs of systemic infection ...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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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

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I have what was definitely an insect bite on my thigh. It's red around it and very warm to the touch. Is this infected or just the bite?

Uncertain: If the problem is spreading and or with pus, I would suspect an infection with spider bite being the strongest suspect. May need to see your doctor to get treated. ...Read more

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What can cause an insect bite or sting to get infected?

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

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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

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Infected Insect Bite (Definition)

Infected insect bite is a bite that is secondarily infected with a microorganism usually ...Read more