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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

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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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

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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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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.

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.

Possible: But depends on whether the site has been deeply scratched or infected or not. Most bite scar will resolve with time (weeks or months). Bleaching agent (not your laundry bleach) may reduce the pigment but it is best to leave it alone. ...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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I have scars on my body after an insect bites. Black dark scars what should I do to get rid of this? Home remedies.?

I have scars on my body after an insect bites. Black dark scars what should I do to get rid of this? Home remedies.?

Scars;VitaminE: Life holds no guarantees as we know, but vitamin e oil placed directly on the scar regularly can help to fade or remove the scar. You can get a bottle of it in the drug store. It's inexpensive and worth a try; just be patient. ...Read more

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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

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

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What's the best cure for infant's scars due to insect bites (ant, mosquitoes)?

What's the best cure for infant's scars due to insect bites (ant, mosquitoes)?

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

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Is it true that petroleum jelly is good to minimize scars from insect bites, rash and open wounds?

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

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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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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!

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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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?

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?

Scar: Usually left alone, simple bites don't scar. If you scratch and or pick at them or if they become infected then your risk of developing a scar increases dramatically. As the area is healing it is important to reduce sun exposure to the area (avoidance and/or sunscreen). ...Read more

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How to remove insect bite scars from face? I am south Asian (indian)...

How to remove insect bite scars from face? I am south Asian (indian)...

Facial plastics: A facial plastics surgeon may be your best option, especially if extensive. Dermatologist is another option. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a effective and affordable fade cream for insect bite scars?

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

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How would I get rid of old insect bite scars?

How would I get rid of old insect bite scars?

See specialist: Scars can be improved. Never completely removed. You would need to see a specialist such as a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies to get rid of insect bite scars?

What are some home remedies to get rid of insect bite scars?

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

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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?

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?

Improve, not rid: True scars are permanent so we hope for improvement, not erasure. Cocoa butter, vitamin E and Mederma have all been shown to be helpful when massaged vigorously, twice a day, into the scar. I hope this is helpful! ...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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Can insect bites leave a bruised bump?

Can insect bites leave a bruised bump?

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

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Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

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

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What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

Don't know what: Insect bit you but a bed bug can leave telltale sign of a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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How to calm/soothe large insect bites?

How to calm/soothe large insect bites?

Ice and cortisone: Apply cool compresses, cortisone cream and you can take an antihistamine. ...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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Could warm water help insect bites?

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

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What insect bites cause round welts?

Yes: Certainly possible. You should be able to see a dot representing the bite ...Read more

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Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

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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Scars (Definition)

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