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Insect Bites That Won't Heal
That bites.: Depending on the critter, a cytotoxic protein may have been deposited in to the wound. These chemicals can certainly inhibit healing. Some are unstable when heat is applied. A wound that won't heal can certainly lead to potential problems. If this continues, have the bite evaluated. ...Read more
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
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
I have had some insect bites on my lower legs. They have itched for 8 weeks. Not massivly swollen. Just small red lumps. Why won't they heal?
See a dermatologist: Not insect bites now. Perhaps they never were. ...Read more
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?
Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.
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.
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
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 had 2 insect bites for 6 months now and they won't go away. I've had 3 steroid shots already and been applying a lotion to no relief. Pls help?
Can't help: Without good history and physical exam, your best bet is to see a dermatologist, good luck ...Read more
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
Many ways: If you do nothing, they go away, but itch in the meantime. To control the itch, there are many over the counter itch creams are available including Hydrocortisone (which I don't think works very well) and non-steroid containing medicated creams like gold bond lotion (which I personally like much better). There is also benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which works nicely taken orally, but may cause sedation. ...Read more
Bites: Depends on the bug. Scabies are going to spread on the body, are very itchy, but usually found near fingers, belt and bra lines. Bed bugs are usually not spreading but as the person continues to get bit each night, the bites accumulate in number and seem to spread. Mosquitoes love exposed surfaces and thrive near water, tics usually bite once and then a rash spreads, fleas bite the lower legs. ...Read more
Probably normal: Allergic reactions to insects most commonly occur with stinging insects like bees, wasps and fire ants. Local reactions to other insects are generally not allergic. Allergic reactions usually cause symptoms away from the bite. So, bitten on the toe and toe swells= not allergic. Bitten on the toe and lip swells= allergic. ...Read more
Swellin and red area: A sign of bite may be seen. The area around it may be circular, diffusely red and swollen. ...Read more
Yes: Bug bites should get bigger over the first 2-3 days. After that, if they continue to enlarge, then infection is likely. See the doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Insect bites: It sounds like you have post-inflammatory changes where your bites were. That should fade, but it can take even months in some cases. ...Read more