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Is an infected insect bite dangerous in pregnancy?

Is an infected insect bite dangerous in pregnancy?

Not necessarily: Pregnancy is always tricky and needs careful care with your gynecologist. Treatment for infection requires careful choice for efficacy and toxicity, and you have to do this carefully with people are pregnant. ...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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Here in the u.S., is there a chance of getting an anopheles mosquito bite?

Here in the u.S., is there a chance of getting an anopheles mosquito bite?

VERY,VERY HIGH: "anopheles quadrimaculatus" is the most important species in the eastern United States regarding malaria transmission. In the western United States, it's "anopheles freeborni"."anopheles punctipennis" found in the contiguous U.S. States- however, it is not the natural vector of malaria. ...Read more

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A red like a bite of mosquito, is it considered positive for TB skin test?

A red like a bite of mosquito, is it considered positive for TB skin test?

Swelling important..: Redness is not important, but induration (swelling) is when reading a TB test. For normal healthy person, induration of > 15 mm is considered positive. Other clinical situations may warrant calling >10 mm of induration positive. ...Read more

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Is mosquito allergy rare ? Can you develop deadly allergy to mosquito when adult ? I live in norway. There is no mosquito with malaria etc, here.

Is mosquito allergy rare ? Can you develop deadly allergy to mosquito when adult ? I live in norway. There is no mosquito with malaria etc, here.

Mosquitos: Malaria has nothing to do with allergy, it is a disease transmitted by mosquitos. Mosquito reactions tend to be at worst large local reactions and an allergy to mosquitoes is very rare if any. ...Read more

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My wife was bitten by some sort of insect. It appears to be a spider bite. Red cellulitis that is spreading, center is open draining. What antibiotic?

My wife was bitten by some sort of insect. It appears to be a spider bite. Red cellulitis that is spreading, center is open draining. What antibiotic?

See your doctor: Skin infections are most commonly caused by S. aureus or "staph." The resistant form is known as MRSA. Antibiotic choice depends on the patient's other medical problems but Cephalexin is a common choice for the non-resistant form and Doxycycline and Linezolid are the most effective oral antibiotics for MRSA. Your provider can culture the wound to tailor antibiotics specifically to the infection. ...Read more

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If skin rash occurs in the early stage of HIV, is it possible for only a --single-- flat rash to occur?

If skin rash occurs in the early stage of HIV, is it possible for only a --single-- flat rash to occur?

Get tested: Symptoms are too variable to serve as an indication of HIV infection. If you had exposure, get tested. You may wish to get a HIV nucleic acid test at about 3-4 months exposure. If it is negative then, and you did not have any more exposures, you could consider yourself free of HIV. ...Read more

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Is it common to get rabies from a dog bite in the us?

Is it common to get rabies from a dog bite in the us?

CDC data: Rabies is fatal, but very rare. In 2010, there were only 2 cases in the us, both caused by bats. Here is the cdc's 2010 data on rabies in wild animals by region. As you can see, raccoons top the list of most common carrier, especially on the east coast. In the midwest and west, the skunk is the more common carrier. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/wild_animals.html. ...Read more

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Where am I more likely to be bitten by a malaria infected mosquito?

Where am I more likely to be bitten by a malaria infected mosquito?

Tropical climates: The types of mosquitos that carry the malarial parasite are quite rare in the continental United States, and are typically found in hot and muggy climates, especially in the rain forest. ...Read more

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Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

Can the bullseye rash develop in one day from a tick bite?

14 days: The bullseye rash of lyme disease takes about 14 days to show up. You could have an allergic reaction to a bug bite that will develop within a day. Infection from a bite, not lyme disease, starts getting worse after about 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Could it be an allergic reaction from mosquitoe bites that the bites turn in to big swollen welts?

Could it be an allergic reaction from mosquitoe bites that the bites turn in to big swollen welts?

Yes and no: Most people get a local allergic reaction to mosquitoes. This will lead to a large area of redness. Some people are more allergic than others, so those people get even worse rashes and reactions. There are some lucky people who are not allergic at all. So while it is an allergic reaction, there is usually nothing dangerous about it. Oral antihistamines might help. ...Read more

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What is the most effective antibiotic to be taken in case of asmall patch of cellulitis (about 2cm). In face developed after a mosquito bite??

What is the most effective antibiotic to be taken in case of asmall patch of cellulitis (about 2cm). In face developed after a mosquito bite??

Depends: Your doctor will be aware of the type of bacteria and the antibiotics best to use in your community. The bacteria that cause cellulitis are most often strep or staph. In some communities staph is resistant to some antibiotics and this often reflects the choice of medication. ...Read more

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What is the rabies risk assessment if an unvaccinated dog licks me in an old superficial wound?

What is the rabies risk assessment if an unvaccinated dog licks me in an old superficial wound?

Low: Watch the dog for a few days to see if he develops rabies. If he doesn't have obvious rabies within a few days, then he doesn't have rabies and neither will you. If you can't observe the dog's behavior, check with local veterinarians, ask if there has been a recent outbreak of rabies in the area. ...Read more

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Is a dog bite on the face, from a vaccinated dog something to be concerned about?

Is a dog bite on the face, from a vaccinated dog something to be concerned about?

Care is warranted: Dog bites in general, especially to the so-called dangerous triangle of face, from middle of upper part of nose to across the lips, should be carefully watched and cared for, as they frequently get infected, requiring antibiotic treatment, due to large amounts of bacteria in the canine mouth. Pl get it checked with your physician or an urgent care clinic to avoid any complication:) ...Read more

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Spider bites that cause a infection ?

Spider bites that cause a infection ?

Yes they can: Any bite to the skin can get secondarily infected. Best not to scratch the bite and use a topical antibiotic for a few days. See your doctor if the bite is getting more red, swollen, and painful. ...Read more

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Not quite sure if it's a tick bite but looks like an insect or spider bite of some kind. Has been slowly growing bigger. This happened in Thailand. ?

Not quite sure if it's a tick bite but looks like an insect or spider bite of some kind. Has been slowly growing bigger. This happened in Thailand. 
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Bite: since it is growing and happened in another country;
GO to the emergency department and get evaluated now not tomorrow. ...Read more

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Why is there a rash around a tick bite?

Why is there a rash around a tick bite?

Lyme: A rash around a tick bite, especially if its a target like red rash and you live in part of the country where lyme is common, is essentially diagnostic of infection with lyme disease. A relatively short course of oral antibiotics (doxycycline is usually best) will easily get rid of this. ...Read more

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If someone has very large local reaction to insects,is he at greater risk of systemic reaction if stung again?

Not necessarily: of course if I were you I will carry the epi-pen with me from now on but since your reaction was local and severe there is no guarantee your second exposure will remain local it could be systemic same time it could remained local but I will be prepared because systemic reaction could be a life threatening good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Infected Insect Bite (Definition)

Infected insect bite is a bite that is secondarily infected with a microorganism usually ...Read more