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Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
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Insect bite wont heal why?

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. Vicken Poochikian
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Insect Bite (Definition)

Insect bites usually refer to a skin lesion from an insect bite. The insects are fire ants, honey bees ...Read more


Dr. Antoanella Calame
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

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. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

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

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
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

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
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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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What to do about insect bites that won't go away?

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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