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Doctor insights on: Infected Leech Bite

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What can I do for a ring around a leech bite?

What can I do for a ring around a leech bite?

Rule out infection: There could be quite a few. Probably the most common would be from germs on YOU rather than from the leech, AND any cut in the skin can cause germs to get in and spread. ...Read more

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Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on 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

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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?

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?

Leeches: Cellulitis is most often caused by Staph or Strep. However, being in the river and getting bit by leeches changes things. Leech infections respond to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Levoquin, Bactrim. If you don't improve or the cellulitis worsens go see your doctor. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

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

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Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

For dead tissue only: Maggot therapy removes necrotic (dead) tissue from wounds and stimulates healing as well as removing a possible source of infection. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my bite is infected?

What's a good way to check if my bite is infected?

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

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Cat bite punctured skin, kinda crusty. Infected?

Cat bite punctured skin, kinda crusty. Infected?

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

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Can a spider bite get infected after it is healing?

Can a spider bite get infected after it is healing?

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

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How long does it take for an infected spider bite to heal?

How long does it take for an infected spider bite to heal?

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

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My baby got a mosquito bite, and now it looks infected; what should I do?

My baby got a mosquito bite, and now it looks infected; what should I do?

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

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What are the chances of being infected with rabies if you get bit by a dog?

What are the chances of being infected with rabies if you get bit by a dog?

Hard to say.: One cannot easily do studies to measure this but it seems like perhaps a third or so of those bitten will get rabies if nothing is done. Higher risk when bitten on the face by the rabid dog. Of course, the risk of getting rabies is zero if the dog doesn't have it. ...Read more

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Got a blackhead extracted and now looks infected or something and hurts a little bit?

Got a blackhead extracted and now looks infected or something and hurts a little bit?

Inflamed?: Oftentimes the procedure can stir-up the cyst causing inflammation. However if the affected skin and surrounding skin gets swollen and increasingly red and warm, infection could have set in --if so, you need to see your physician. ...Read more

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My aunt is in hospital, she was bitten by a dog and got infected. How serious is this?

My aunt is in hospital, she was bitten by a dog and got infected. How serious is this?

Depends: On where she was bitten, how much tissue damage there was, what the organisms were which were transmitted by the dog, how old she is and what other illnesses she may have, whether she has been exposed to rabies, tetanus, etc. This should be discussed with her doctor. ...Read more

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If a diabetic and aids infected person bit someone, would the bitten person be infected too?

If a diabetic and aids infected person bit someone, would the bitten person be infected too?

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

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Can insect repellant reduce my chances of getting infected by bacteria transmitted from a bite?

Can insect repellant reduce my chances of getting infected by bacteria transmitted from a bite?

Fewer bites better: The purpose of an insect repellent is to make you less "appealing" to biting insects. They do nothing to directly limit infection transmission. But fewer stings decease your odds of being stung by an infected insect. ...Read more

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I have a red, tough area on my leg, around what used to be a bug bite. I'm worried it might be infected?

I have a red, tough area on my leg, around what used to be a bug bite. I'm worried it might be infected?

Possible: Especially if you have been scratching the area. Best to see a doctor for exam and treatment. Try to use good antibacterial soap and do not touch the area ...Read more

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My uncle bit his tongue and there is now a large red line going from the tip down the tongue. Is it 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

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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?

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?

You more than: Likely developed an internal "bruising" from the stinger! This leads to a regular bruise which takes a while to resorb!! Try some moist hot packs to increase the local circulation and clear the old blood products!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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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?

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?

Topical Ointment: Apply First Aid Cream from the pharmacy. Like Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Polysporin Ointment. If it is still infected will likely need oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibrin & puss? I have had a brown recluse bite, been treated & everything. How do I know if its infected?

What is the difference between fibrin & puss? I have had a brown recluse bite, been treated & everything. How do I know if its infected?

Need to be seen: Either way brown recluse spider bites need to be seen by a health privider especially if there is a hard black dark center called an eschar, pain, fever, warm to touch, progressive redness or erythema and discharge. ...Read more

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Could I get infected by someon if they bit me?

Could I get infected by someon if they bit me?

Yes: The human mouth isn't very clean. Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Clean really well. When was your last tetanus shot? Need one at least every 10 years. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby’s bug bit is infected?

How do I know if my baby’s bug bit is infected?

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