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Insect Bites That Cause Cellulitis
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
Bites and cellulitis: Insects are vectors for many diseases; the insect bite allows microbes from its mouth to enter into your skin and your blood stream. Thus the cellulitis! clean the area with soap and water; use ice for the sting or you can use ammonia to stop the itching. If it looks infected, use a topical antibiotic, such as neosporin or bactroban, (mupirocin) cover it with a bandaid, then see your doctor for an antibiotic. ...Read more
Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz
I have cellulitis from an insect bite and am taking cephalexin. It's spreading to my other leg now, should I go back to my doctors?
Cellulitis: Yes I would or perform a virtual consult for further assistance and treatment ...Read more
My 1y/o can't stop scratching and picking his wounds cause by insect bites, what shall I do. The bites are not healing?
Clip nails!: The fingernails should definitely by clipped and/ or filed making picking a little more difficult. You may need to cover his hands with gloves or socks so he cannot access his bites. I would also recommend a topical anti-infective, like neosporin, that will protect the bites from infection and may help the healing process. Preventing the bites with off or avon skin-so-soft is also recommended. ...Read more
I can't stop scratching insect bites and these always cause me wounds. They heal quickly but they leave dark scars. What medicines can I apply or take?
Depends whatyou mean:
Hornet/insect bites can cause itching, hives, localized swelling all the way up to systemic reactions (anaphylaxis).
If you mean can they cause nose or eye symptoms this would be indicative of a more systemic reaction (wheezing, swelling etc.). Any suspected systemic reaction should be treated immediately with Epinephrine followed by calling 911. ...Read more
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
Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?
Yes: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more
Can insect bites cause a seizure in an adult? I got bit by lots of mosquitos one bite on lip swole then had my 1st and only seizure (Grand mal)
Lots of variables: First, are you allergic to the anticoagulant the mosquito employs? Second, was the little bugger carrying a viral infection, such as West Nile? Thirdly, was it a coincidence and your seizure had a different cause? See a neurologist, and uncover answers. Likely you need to be taking an anti-epileptic medication. Also, no driving, activities at heights, using power equipment, etc. ...Read more
I'm trying to smooth out the hyperpigmentation on my legs caused by insect bites when I was younger. I have olive skin (I'm Filipino) and I scar easy?
How do I get rid of deep dark old scars caused by scabs and insect bites etc. I have tried everything it's all over my buttock and arms etc. Plz help!
Protect skin: This can be a difficult problem to fix. Some find products such as Mederma to be helpful. In general, keeping those areas well-moisturized and protected from the sun may improve the appearance. It can take months to know if you are improving, but persistence can pay off. Another option is to see a dermatologist. Best of luck. ...Read more
What could cause rash, blistering/swelling, and scabbing on ear. With no history of burns, scrapes, insect bites, or contact with allergens?
? Impetigo: What you describe sounds suspicious for impetigo, a strep infection of your skin. You can have a tiny break in your skin that you were not even aware of, and the normal skin bacteria could then enter in and cause a local strep infection. The "scabbing" is what makes me especially suspicious. Try washing with antibacterial wash, put on antibiotic ointment, and if not better in a few days, see doc. ...Read more
I have edema in my forehead, eye brows, and the bridge of my nose. Could this be caused from sun exposure? I have been out in the sun a lot more than usual in the past couple of days. My skin is pink but not burnt or peeling and no insect bites that I can
I have 4 insect bites that have caused my ankle to swell, sting, are oozing. I've taken benedryl and applied Cortaid (hydrocortisone) w no change. What should I do?
My wife was bitten by some sort of insect. It appears to be a spider bite. Red cellulitis that is spreading, center is open draining. What antibiotic?
See your doctor: Skin infections are most commonly caused by S. aureus or "staph." The resistant form is known as MRSA. Antibiotic choice depends on the patient's other medical problems but Cephalexin is a common choice for the non-resistant form and Doxycycline and Linezolid are the most effective oral antibiotics for MRSA. Your provider can culture the wound to tailor antibiotics specifically to the infection. ...Read more
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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