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Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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Insect bite wont heal why?

Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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Insect bite wont heal why?

Wrong Treatments ?: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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Baby with insect bites from 3-4 months ago that won't heal should I put something other than lotion on or take her to doc?

Dr. Antoanella Calame
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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Baby with insect bites from 3-4 months ago that won't heal should I put something other than lotion on or take her to doc?

See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give your baby something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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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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Dr. Katharine Cox
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Katharine Cox
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
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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?

Try Benadryl 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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Dr. Hans Crumpler
Board Certified, Urgent Care
20 years in practice
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Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.

Dr. Hans Crumpler
Board Certified, Urgent Care
20 years in practice
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Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.

Fusidium?: Fusidium is a genus of fungus. If there are lesions on the skin that are not clearing up, usually it is advised to see a medical provider to get the areas checked. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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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.

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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My wife has insect bites and we suspect bedbugs. I don't have any bites. Question is what is the best way to relieve the itchiness and heal fastest?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Bed bugs: You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation and treatment. Here are some tell tale signs that your bites are being caused by bedbugs. First you may notice blood smears on your bedding (yes this is your blood). Remember that the blood smears usually turn black over time. >. ...Read more

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Dr. Julan Crane
Board Certified, Pediatrics
20 years in practice
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How to calm/soothe large insect bites?How long does a scab from a sting take to heal

Dr. Julan Crane
Board Certified, Pediatrics
20 years in practice
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How to calm/soothe large insect bites?How long does a scab from a sting take to heal

Insect bites: take an oral antihistamine, apply cool compress and a topical over the counter hydrocortisone will help ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Katharine Cox
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
3M people helped
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.

Options: There are topical options such as Mederma and Lazar esthetic therapy. Ask your dermatologist. All the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8M people helped
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What to do about insect bites that won't go away?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Be seen.: First question is are they really insect bites or some other rash? Some people can have an allergic reaction to insect bites called papular urticaria...Easily treated and must eliminate the bugs (usually fleas). ...Read more

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