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Neosporin For Bug Bites
Bug Drug: Neosporin may help but can frequently cause a contact allergy itself. Bacitracin alone may be a safer choice. Bug bites vary depending on the insect. Many bites or stings can cause allergic reactions that may respond better to steroids such as Hydrocortisone or a stronger prescription strength. Likewise some can result in serious tissue infection that may require systemic antibiotics. ...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
If infected: Neosporin contains 2 antibiotics; neomycin and polymixin b and some contain bacitracin. This products can help with minor skin infections including those caused by an insect bite. Be cautious with use as neomycin is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis and Bacitracin can cause allergic reactions. ...Read more
Don't wait too long: If you have bug bites and they are worsening, painful, draining pus -they could in fact be infected. I would see a doctor if the neosporin is not helping. Letting something as seemingly simples as bug bites get bad enough to cause infection is unwise. Have it checked out. It should be simple to treat. ...Read more
Sure, but....: It won't hurt anything, but it won't do much. Taking benedryl is better. Ice, topical anesthetics and calalmine lotion on the bite itself can also help. ...Read more
I have a bug bite for more than 3 weeks, but it still not heal. It releases a lot of yellow fluid and it's kind of itchy. I only applied neosporin.
I got bit on my abs by some bug, it grew pus. Put neosporin, popped it. Went away, but feels like a marble is still there. New one coming back, why?
Start over: How do you know a "bug" is responsible? Did you see and feel it? Neosporin did not "pop" it. The neosporin had no effect on the behavior of this. If it annoys you, see a dermatologist for a better diagnosis and definitive therapy based on that. ...Read more
I have a bug bite on my leg. It's turned into a little hole with lots of water-stuff coming out. Use hydrocortisone? Neosporin?
He has a bass reaction to bites but he has a dime sized bite that pusses up an it's on his calve n really red what should o do Neosporin or ER??
I think I have a spider or horse fly bite from beach stay. I scratched, now tender. How long does it last? How to tell what it is? Using neosporin.
I've had a bump on my back for 2 months.It's like something bit me or could be hair follicle.Neosporin reduced it but no completely.
Bump: Any lesion not healing should be evaluated by a Dermatologist for further evaluation, from what you are describing, however it sounds like you may have a cyst which may have developed. A Dermatologist, however can confirm this for you. ...Read more
My dachshund bit me yesterday on my finger... It's a little red where he bit me and some swelling. Yesterday did neosporin and bandage it up?
My son had a tick bite. I had to carefully remove it.. Head and all and put alcohol to clean, neosporin and itch cream will it be ok?
Simple Care: When our protective skin is injured/opened, then the delicate internal environment is exposed to the harsh external environment. Covering it with a clean dressing is the way to go changing it every other day or so. Avoid scratching. Anti-itch creams help. Also, stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things. ...Read more