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Doctor insights on: Insect Bites Sticky Skin

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How can I remove black scars on my baby's skin from insect bites?

How can I remove black scars on my baby's skin from insect bites?

Leave them alone: Children's skin heals quickly. Give it time. Even a scar from a cut may fade away over a year or two. Keep it clean, avoid scratching and picking, and use a good sunscreen (depending on the age of your baby). If you have concerns, check with your baby's 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 works most effectively to use to get rid of marks on skin left by insect bites?

What works most effectively to use to get rid of marks on skin left by insect bites?

Good skin care: The best way to minimize scarring of any type, whether a injury, bite, scratch - is good skin care. Keep clean, use moisturizers several times a day liberally, and use sunscreen, as sun and uv radiation exposure can make the marks look darker. Don't use tanning beds, and be careful if you are shaving the area not to use razors or methods that are irritating ot the skin. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies or lotion that I can apply to my skin to prevent insect bites?

Are there home remedies or lotion that I can apply to my skin to prevent insect bites?

Some Plants Oils: Deet has proven to be the most effective repellant. For those interested in a home remedy, topical applications of vanilla extract, garlic powder, or essential oils from citronella has been anecdotally reported. ...Read more

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When an insect bites it leaves a black scar on my skin. Why this happens? What should I do?

When an insect bites it leaves a black scar on my skin. Why this happens? What should I do?

P.I.H.: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a frequently encountered problem particularly in darker pigmented individuals including african americans or asians. Pih occurs as a result of inflammation to skin. Acne is common inflammatory diseases that results in pih, particularly if one picks at their lesions. Time usually helps fade the PIH. There are lasers that can also help. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My 6month old baby have dark spot on my skin caused insect bites what should I do or what is the best treatment to remove dark spot tnx?

My 6month old baby have dark spot on my skin caused insect bites what should I do or what is the best treatment to remove dark spot tnx?

Dark spots: This is a reaction to the insect bite it takes 5 weeks for skin to regenerate its normal color use lotion to sooth skin avoidance of bites is the best tx. ...Read more

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Can cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?

Can cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?

Won't prevent scar: But it will soften the area and help make it less noticeable. Normal insect bites shouldn't scar unless scratched open if this is a problem too try putting some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream on and covering with band aid. If you are dark pigmented and have dark scars try fade cream but don't use it close to your eyes. ...Read more

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I've had a few insect bites on my face for a week. Are swollen, not itchy, scabbed at the head and getting bigger but flatter. Headaches and mild pain?

I've had a few insect bites on my face for a week. Are swollen, not itchy, scabbed at the head and getting bigger but flatter. Headaches and mild pain?

Insect bites: If these are uncomplicated insect bites and not secondarily infected (surrounding redness), they should not cause headaches or pain and should heal in several more days. Have your physician examine you to be sure. ...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?

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 kind of insect bite leaves a hole in the skin?

What kind of insect bite leaves a hole in the skin?

Almost any can. ..: There are classic insect bites that leave a hole--the mosquito & the tick, for example. Truly any bug with a "proboscis" or snout that is genetically designed by nature to drill or puncture a hole into our skin for a nice blood meal from beneath our outer epidermis. Several varieties of spiders may leave "holes" as well. So, best use your insect repellent (something with deet usually works best!). ...Read more

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How to treat white circles with red dots on skin insect bite?

How to treat white circles with red dots on skin insect bite?

Lotions: Use calamine lotions and aloe vera gelly products. Keep the area clean while you are healing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove insect bite scars from skin? E.G, bedbug bites. A topical solution is preferred

Is it possible to remove insect bite scars from skin? E.G, bedbug bites. A topical solution is preferred

Insect bites: It is likely that you do not actually have scars from the insect bites, but merely areas of discoloration and inflammation. An injury to the skin must be quite severe to produce a permanent scar. All inflammations, from bites, pimples, scratches or light burns, leave redness and then later, discoloration. You should avoid the sun on these areas and use Hydrocortisone cream 1%, wait a few monthts. ...Read more

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My wife is 6 week pregnant. Is it safe to use betametgasone&zinc skin cream? Its was given for an insect bite on a small spot near check.

My wife is 6 week pregnant. Is it safe to use betametgasone&zinc skin cream? Its was given for an insect bite on a small spot near check.

Yes: In general, creams and lotions applied to the skin are safe during all phases of pregnancy. There are a few that might be compounded with skin penetrating chemicals like dimethyl sulfoxide that I would avoid unless cleared by your doc. These are uncommon rarely used and not available over the counter in most areas. ...Read more

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Due to an insect bite, I have a very large lump on my leg (4 in by 3 in). When the skin is pulled, it feels a little sore. Should I be concerned?

Insect bite: How long ago? That is a large bite would f/u /w/ doc /urgent care may be infected and you may need antibiotics. Bites/ cuts injuries should heal and not persist. Consider benedryl 25 mg 2-3 x a day (no driving afterward) to relieve some swelling if due to inflammatory ...Read more

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My husband is experiencing itchy insect bite. The following also describe him: Skin redness or irritation and Skin swelling. What should he do?

My husband is experiencing itchy insect bite. The following also describe him: Skin redness or irritation and Skin swelling. What should he do?

Warm compresses: Minor insect bites will usually resolve by themselves. Itching is relieved with an antihistamine such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). If after 2 days the redness or swelling increases, or if fever, or if any red streaks appear, that can be a sign of infection, and should be evaluated by your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Tiny purple bump on hand (size if the head of a pin), but I don't remember an injury. Hemorrhage? Insect bite? It's painless.

Tiny purple bump on hand (size if the head of a pin), but I don't remember an injury. Hemorrhage? Insect bite? It's painless.

Capillary: Without actually seeing the spot, it's impossible to say for sure, but it may be a ruptured capillary. No serious issue. Anticipate complete resolution in several days. If you are concerned, then getting somebody to look at it is the only way to know for sure what it is. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph node at right side back of neck soreness of skin below scalp eight days antibiotics not working still. Can it be a insect bite?

See your DR.: Enlarged node in neck can occur with any irritation of the scalp, not always infection. The longer it exists and the depth of inflammation the more the lymph node will show. ...Read more

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Do you pop insect bites?

Not a good idea: "popping" or pinching of insect bites does not speed up their resolution and may lead to scarring or infection. ...Read more

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How to stop insect bites from weeping?

How to stop insect bites from weeping?

Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more

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My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

Insect bites?: See a dermatologist to see if they are really insect bites and not something else. ...Read more