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Doctor insights on: Insects That Sting Or Bite

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Is there an ointment i can but on a general insect sting / bite?

Is there an ointment i can but on a general insect sting / bite?

Yes: Calendula cream or ointment may help soothe and heal the bite. You can find it in any health food store. ...Read more

Stings (Definition)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Sting by fish in water is another common experience many of ...Read more


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How long does it take for swelling to go down after a few wasp stings? No allergies to insect stings/bites.

How long does it take for swelling to go down after a few wasp stings? No allergies to insect stings/bites.

Wasp stings swelling: Sting reactions can normally take several days to go down but should be improving by then. It may take a week or more to resolve completely. If it is worsening or not improving then you should have it looked at. You could have developed a local skin infection at the site of the sting. ...Read more

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Poss. bee sting/insect bite 1wk ago. Had pain for 2days, itchy 1day, then ok. Woke up yesterday w/ red itchy blotches around sting area. What's wrong?

Poss. bee sting/insect bite 1wk ago. Had pain for 2days, itchy 1day, then ok. Woke up yesterday w/ red itchy blotches around sting area. What's wrong?

Not unusual: This is not that uncommon a reaction from a sting. If it does not have pus in it, the problem will likely resolve in a few days. If the problem is persistent, then one needs to consider whether part of the stinger was left in the sting site. If there is pus (unlikely for bee sting), then an antibiotic may be required.See doctor if problem persists or gets worse. ...Read more

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What do you use to calm and help soothe mosquito and other insect bites and stings?

What do you use to calm and help soothe mosquito and other insect bites and stings?

Bites : Ice and Hydrocortisone cream will help reduce redness and swelling associated with mild insect bites and stings. If the condition worsens see a dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptomsof an insect bite or sting?

Pain, redness: An infected insect bite will get more painful and redder as time passes. The area involved will also increase, and it may swell and start to drain. Warm compresses can help you clear the area over time; most minor skin infections don't need oral antibiotics, but if it's not improving with home care you might, so see your dr if it doesn't clear on it's own. ...Read more

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Please tell me home treatment of insect bites and stings?

Please tell me home treatment of insect bites and stings?

Use EpiPEN, (epinephrine) go to ER: You may have no problem with this, but if you have an allergy or you think you do, my advice is to get to an er asap. They will give you Epinephrine so you don't go into anaphylactic shock, which can close your airway and kill you. After this episode is over, you might want to see your doctor and get an epipen, (epinephrine) which is a shot of Epinephrine you can give yourself quick if this happens again. ...Read more

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Please tell me all treatment for insect bites and stings?

Please tell me all treatment for insect bites and stings?

Do you have an hour?: There are so many ways to treat depending on severity and other individual medical factors that there is no way to fully describe them here. However, generally, treat with pain or itch control medicines like ibuprofen, tylenol, (acetaminophen) benadryl, and Hydrocortisone creams and watch for signs of infection progressing. ...Read more

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I got stung by some insect (I guessed a bee or wasp?) while riding on my bike two days ago. It was a bit painful for maybe an hour after the sting, bu

I got stung by some insect (I guessed a bee or wasp?) while riding on my bike two days ago. It was a bit painful for maybe an hour after the sting, bu

Bites: Bites from bee or other hymenoptera species usually hurt. Benadryl, cool compress and NSAID. As long as it is not swelling more or you are not having any other symptoms such as breathing problems this should resolve. ...Read more

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Sometimes i would feel a brief stinging pain like a bug bite on my skin, this could happen at any one place on my body. Is this bad?

Sometimes i would feel a brief stinging pain like a bug bite on my skin, this could happen at any one place on my body. Is this bad?

Paresthesia: Paresthesia is an abnormal condition in which you feel a sensation of burning, numbness, tingling, itching or prickling. Paresthesia can also be described as a pins-and-needles or skin-crawling sensation. Paresthesia most often occurs in the extremities, such as the hands, feet, fingers, and toes, but it can occur in other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Bug bite or sting? Big bruise spreading

Bug bite or sting? Big bruise spreading

Hard to know: Bruising is common with mosquito stings.Right after being bitten by a mosquito you may develop a soft white bump than later transitions into a hard, brown (reddish-brown) or a blister or bruising. There may be itching & swelling around the lesion. ...Read more

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What can cause an insect bite or sting to get infected?

Germs: The bite itself can be sterile, but it opens the skin and any nearby germ can take advantage of the opening to enter and trigger infection. Having soiled skin or scratching the area increases the chances a germ can enter. A thorough immediate cleansing of bite areas will decrease the risk. ...Read more

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I have an abnormal reaction to a bug bite. It doesn't itch or sting, but rather just a larger round rash on my fore arm. ?

I have an abnormal reaction to a bug bite. It doesn't itch or sting, but rather just a larger round rash on my fore arm. ?

See doctor: What you described fit in with erythema migrans and is a marker for some infections. It would be prudent to see a doctor for an evaluation and treatment. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html ...Read more

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I have a bump just above my nipple, initially thought it was an insect bite as it stings, but it hasn’t gone away. Where should I go?

I have a bump just above my nipple, initially thought it was an insect bite as it stings, but it hasn’t gone away. Where should I go?

Urgent care ok but: breast cancer surgeon ok too , need it evaluated , probably boil/skin infection. trial of antibiotic like keflex/amox or augmentin and if pus in it , get it cultured for mrsa infection usually bactrim ds works , doxycycline usually good too for all but need to take with food and full glass of awater or juice and sit up for 2 hrs so it won't come up into esophagus, can burn, also sun exposure ;rash ...Read more

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I have small itchy stinging bug bites and itchy stinging eyes. I know its not an ant or spider bite. I live in florida. What could've bitten me?

I have small itchy stinging bug bites and itchy stinging eyes. I know its not an ant or spider bite. I live in florida. What could've bitten me?

See a dermatologist: You are correct it is not ants or spiders. Maybe it is not bites of any kind. See a skin specialist. ...Read more

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I woke up with 5 bug bites on upper posterior thigh under gluteus. 2 have large red circles around them and they are warm to touch. Littleitch&sting?

Bites: Many insects, including bed bugs, can cause this type of rash. If it happens again, you should see a dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more