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Infected Leech Bite
Leech bite: Not sure what you mean by work. First take the leech off. Then clean and then polysporin is reasonable. ...Read more
Cellulites climbing up leg from leech bite rec'd in river-pulled off. Infection is so much worse today than last night. Dr gave strong Rx. Strep B?
I have large scabs on my knee from a severe infection from a leech bite (bitten over 7 weeks ago). Antibiotics relieved swelling but still itchy.
Allergic to venom: YOu have likely become allergic to the leech venom still present in the lesion. However I am concerned that certain part of the bug might have been left on the site especially when the leech was not removed properly. Ask your doctor to check. ...Read more
Yes: They can remove dead tissue in the ulcer bed without pain. ...Read more
Leeches leg ulcers: Leeches can be effective when an area has venous congestion; the leeches withdraw the blood from the congested area. Medicinal leeches are different than those obtained elsewhere. There are no studies of value showing that they help with infection. ...Read more
Crusting with rednes: Watch out for scratching and picking as these are the most common reasons for infection in insect bites. If crusting (scabs) forms and there is surrounding redness, and if the bite area feels warm to the touch, you should see your doctor. Look out for the ants and try to avoid them in the future. Good luck to you, . ...Read more
See doctor.: First of all you need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one for 5-10 years. Cats have relatively "dirty" mouths, meaning they have a lot of bacteria on their teeth, which get injected into you when you get bitten. Even if your tetanus immunization is up to date, you will likely have to see a doctor, who will determine if you need an antibiotic. ...Read more
Yes: If there is a lot of open skin then you can get a secondary bacterial infection. Also, you may want to make sure that your tetanus vaccine is up to date as well if you have gotten bit recently. Some spider bites (eg, brown recluse) may benefit from antibiotic treatment (a bit controversial). ...Read more
Spider bites: Spider bites are actually very rare in the usa. Unless you actually saw the spider and felt it bite you this may well be an MRSA skin lesion (boil) and that may require a trip to your doctor. You can apply moist heat for 15 minutes every 2 hours and see if it comes to a head, ruptures and drains, but it may still require antibiotics. Go soon and get better. ...Read more
See his doctor: Any insect bite causes a tiny break in the skin, allowing bacteria to get in and cause a local skin infection. One such sore in an older child without fever may respond to topical antibiotic ointment, but a baby with a potential skin infection should be seen to make sure it is not more serious. Sores resembling spider bites may suggest mrsa, a bacteria that needs special antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
From cdc. Gov website: It is very rare, but in specific circumstances HIV can be transmitted by a human bite. In 1997, cdc published findings from a state health department investigation of an incident that suggested blood-to-blood transmission of HIV by a human bite. There have been other rare reports in the medical literature in which HIV appeared to have been transmitted by a human bite. Biting is not a common way of. ...Read more
Can a mosquito transfer HIV and hepatitis germ from a infected person to a healthy person through bite?
I have a red, tough area on my leg, around what used to be a bug bite. I'm worried it might be infected?
My uncle bit his tongue and there is now a large red line going from the tip down the tongue. Is it infected?
Possibly: If the tongue is swollen or extremely tender, or if he is having trouble speaking, swallowing or bleeding would be concerning. If there is just a line and no other problems (aside from a little pain), and the tongue is not split into 2 pieces, less reason to worry. Tongue infections are very rare, but can be life threatening if there is severe swelling or breathing is affected. ...Read more
I have an infected horsefly bite, and it's been over two days and it's still a very deep purple colour. Why is this?
Hi - I am bitten by a small thorn in center of palm, though I have taken it out quickly the palm is infected and swelled.?
Get to your doc: This is nothing to screw around with if you are infected you may want to get to the er. ...Read more
I've had this nosquito bite from around 3 weeks ago and its infected and my normal doctor is off today and I don't know what to do?
What is the difference between fibrin & puss? I have had a brown recluse bite, been treated & everything. How do I know if its infected?
My son has a spider bit it looks like it might be getting infected I have mupirocin 2% but it expired Dec 2014 would it still be ok to use?
Probably yes: Keep site dry and cleanGet a more detailed answer ›
Got bit by a strat cat 3 days ago and now have feint red lines going up my arm starting at the bites and wondering if that means it might be infected?
YES: Please seek immediate medical attention.Get a more detailed answer ›
Pain and Redness: While many bites are red, itchy and swollen, pain in a bite may indicate infection. Pain, spreading redness, pustules, pimple, scabbing or drainage indicate infection. If the child is acting sick, feverish and favoring the area, have it checked. If you see a growing area of warmth and redness around the bite, or extending from the bite, see the doctor. ...Read more