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Doctor insights on: Insect Bites That Cause Cellulitis

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Is it possible for insect bites to be causing cellulitis?

Is it possible for insect bites to be causing cellulitis?

Yes: Any type of violation of the skin can lead to an infection and subsequent cellulitis ...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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I had an insect bite, and cellulitis developed. How are the two related?

I had an insect bite, and cellulitis developed. How are the two related?

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

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Can you get cellulitis from insect bite itches when healing?

Can you get cellulitis from insect bite itches when healing?

Possibly.: If you scratch the itch you can tear open the skin and allow for infection and inflammation into deeper tissue. ...Read more

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Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz

Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz

Fever? Pain?: You neglected to describe the location, size, appearance, depth, or feeling associated with the "insect bite". Best to see a dermatologist. Most diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs [non dermatologists] are wrong. ...Read more

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Insect bites that cause watery blisters, what to do?

Insect bites that cause watery blisters, what to do?

Repellants.: If your allergy to insect saliva is so severe, your best bet is not to get bit, by using insect repellants (usually based on deet.). ...Read more

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My 1y/o can't stop scratching and picking his wounds cause by insect bites, what shall I do. The bites are not healing?

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

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Can lymph nodes be caused by insect bites?

Lymph Nodes: Regional lymph nodes may react to nearby insect bites ...Read more

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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?

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?

Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or: Cover with Neosporin and a bandaid. Distract yourself from scratching. Once they are scratched vitamin E or Me derm may help. Avoid touching as scratching makes it worse. All the best. ...Read more

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Can insect bites cause a seizure?

Can insect bites cause a seizure?

Never seen one: I've been following/treating kids for more than 3 decades and never saw it happen. I suppose if a kid is seizure prone any stress might put them over the edge. ...Read more

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What can I use to get rid of scars caused by insect bites?

What can I use to get rid of scars caused by insect bites?

Try Liquid Vitamine: E. Obtain Capsules of Vitamin E and suing a small pin place a hole in the capsules and squeeze on to scars.

Hope this helps! Give it a try!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

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

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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?

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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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?

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?

What allergies?: What do you mean by allergic reaction after foods and also what kind of foods? Yes becoming allergic to new things is possible nearly at any age although the risk gets lower the older one gets. ...Read more

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Can insect bites on the neck cause swollen lymph gland?

Can insect bites on the neck cause swollen lymph gland?

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

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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)

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

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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

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What could cause rash, blistering/swelling, and scabbing on ear. With no history of burns, scrapes, insect bites, or contact with allergens?

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

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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?

Insect bites: If severe enough, go to ER, especially if there is increasing swelling, difficulty breathing, tongue swelling, rapid red streaking up the leg. Also, elevate and ice with rest. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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Should I tan even though I have insect bites?

Yes, but: You really shouldn't. You run the risk of prematurely aging your skin as well as increased risk of skin cancers. ...Read more

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Healing of scratched insect bites?

Healing of scratched insect bites?

Hygine: Keep clean and apply some neosporin to the bites and no picking or scratching them. If they get red, tender, hot to the touch, or oozing see your doctor as they may be infected. ...Read more

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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more