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Insect Bites That Leave Scars
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?
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
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
May I know if it's to possible to heal stubborn brown scars left behind by insect bites, itch, friction? Is there any home remedies? Thank you.
I have scars on my body after an insect bites. Black dark scars what should I do to get rid of this? Home remedies.?
What should I do. With my 1+ year old's insect bites? She keeps scratching them - prevents them from healing completely, I'm worried she'll get scars
See below: Cut and file smooth the finger nails. Topical anti itch creams include 1% hydrocortisone, calamine or Benadryl cream. If truly red, swollen and itchy-a night time dose of oral antihistamine can be given to assist with the symptoms/swelling. Benadryl syrup/diphenhydramine is a choice at 2.5ml at night. (drowsy side effects are common). ...Read more
Prevention: Prevention is key as once the inflammation occurs and or scars they will remain there for a long time. Have your baby wear long pants and shirt whenever mosquito exposure is a possibility. If older than 6 months spray deet containing product in clothing and bare skin (that u can not otherwise cover). Use Hydrocortisone 1% if bitten to decrease inflammation and itch. If red/infected use antibx crem. ...Read more
Is it true that petroleum jelly is good to minimize scars from insect bites, rash and open wounds?
It's OK: Wounds heal best when kept moist and vaseline is a good moisturizer. However, there may be products more appropriate for specific wounds. For example, wounds with a heavy bacterial load may do better with an antibiotic cream such as silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) while insect bites might need an antipuritic/antiinflammatant agent. Your doctor should be able to help you make individualized choices. ...Read more
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
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's the best, non-surgical way to lighten and heal old scars? Acne scars, insect bites, random shallow wounds—the byproducts of general clumsiness.
I've a persistent insect bite reaction on face. Bites are still red. Dr.Prescribed me antihist&corticost. Cream. Do these bites'll leave any pigme. Or scar?
Facial plastics: A facial plastics surgeon may be your best option, especially if extensive. Dermatologist is another option. ...Read more
Try salicylic acid: There are some relatively inexpensive nonprescription salicylic acid preparations for folliculitis. However persistent inflammations and pigmentation may be difficult to treat and possibly helped with prescription retin a (tretinoin), steroids, hydroquinone, kojic acid. ...Read more
Early salicylic late: Early on, salicylic a i'd preparations may limit inflammation which can produce hyperpigmentation. Late pigmentation can be treated with bleaching agents such as hydroquinone in combination with a retinoid and steroid. Alternatively, some chemical peels or fractionated laser treatments can also produce nice results. Only rarely is surgery needed. ...Read more
My 2 year old kid has a scar from the insect bite what kind of cream can I put to get rid o the scar! F?
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
How can you remove/prevent scars/spots on your skin that might have been caused by pimples (maybe from acne/stress, insect bite), insect bite, or cuts?
Yes: Certain insects, when they sting or bite, actually inject an anticoagulant material into the area so the blood flows to them more easily. This can lead to leaving a bruise in the area after the bite/sting. Best thing is cold compress or even ice pack initially, then after a few days switch to warm packs to help bruise resolve. ...Read more
Parasites: Cockroaches frequently feed on human feces, and therefore they can disseminate cysts of enteric protozoans in the environment if such feces are contaminated (7, 16, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32). The important epidemiological role of cockroaches in transmission of intestinal entamoeba histolytica-associated amoebiasis was demonstrated in 1971 (25) and in giardiasis in 1981 (16). ...Read more
Unlikely: There are many ways to try to treat or soothe insect bites, but applying anything warm is not one of them. With most insect bites, there is a histamine release which causes itching and redness & anything warm will make this worse. Applying a cool compress, an OTC steroid cream (2 times a day) may help with this. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or another antihistamine may help with the itch. ...Read more
See below: All insect bites can cause local reactions which include redness, swelling, warmth and itch and this is normal bit sometimes, a person can have what is called a "large local reaction" which is a very vigorous version of the local reaction but is not necessarily an "allergic reaction". Some people can be very allergic to bee stings which can cause anaphylaxis. As for other bites, it is possible. ...Read more
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