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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Sand fly bite?

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
3M people helped
Sand fly bite?

Treatment:: Sand fly bites need to be treated immediately to counteract the bacteria, or venom, that has just been deposited underneath the skin. Mixing one part hydrogen peroxide with one part betadine solution and dissolve the scab that has formed. This will reveal the wound underneath that also needs to be cleaned with this solution, after which antibacterial ointment must be applied. If worsens, see a doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
44 years in practice
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How can you treat sand fly bites on the skin?

Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
44 years in practice
499K people helped
How can you treat sand fly bites on the skin?

Sand Fleas: The most important thing about insect bites is that you get away from the insect, first of all! secondly, this is very important to make sure that these are not infected. Frequently sand flea bites are infected. This determination should be made by your dermatologist. After this time it may help to use some over-the-counter hydrocortisone. But you should first have the diagnosis made accurately. ...Read more

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Dr. William Austen
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
22 years in practice
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How do you get rid of sand fly scars?

Dr. William Austen
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
22 years in practice
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How do you get rid of sand fly scars?

See specialist: Scars can be improved. Never completely removed. You would need to see a specialist such as a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Will taking vitamin b prevent sand fly bites?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Will taking vitamin b  prevent sand fly bites?

Maybe not: I heard years ago that taking b1 makes us taste bad to mosquitos and can reduce the number of bites especially in children. I do not know about sand flies. I got an email saying put some pennies in a baggy of water and hang that near where you will l be and it from the pennies are too much for them. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Sand fly bite?

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
3M people helped

Treatment:: Sand fly bites need to be treated immediately to counteract the bacteria, or venom, that has just been deposited underneath the skin. Mixing one part hydrogen peroxide with one part betadine solution and dissolve the scab that has formed. This will reveal the wound underneath that also needs to be cleaned with this solution, after which antibacterial ointment must be applied. If worsens, see a doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Board Certified, Geriatrics
35 years in practice
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How to stop the itch from sand fly bites?

Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Board Certified, Geriatrics
35 years in practice
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How to stop the itch from sand fly bites?

Antihistamines: Try first topical calamine or caladryl lotions or eurax, may try Benadryl spray and or oral antihistamines like allegra, Claritin or zyrtec during the day or benadry, chlortrimeton at night if you don't have contraindications ( narrow angle glaucoma, bladder retention etc) . Bite from insects may infect the skin with bacteria requiring antibiotics if there is redness, warmth, drainage, or fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
44 years in practice
499K people helped
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How can you treat sand fly bites on the skin?

Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
44 years in practice
499K people helped

Sand Fleas: The most important thing about insect bites is that you get away from the insect, first of all! secondly, this is very important to make sure that these are not infected. Frequently sand flea bites are infected. This determination should be made by your dermatologist. After this time it may help to use some over-the-counter hydrocortisone. But you should first have the diagnosis made accurately. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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How long can sand fly bites last?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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Sandflies: Sandfly bites can last for several weeks ...Read more

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
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What is a good lotion for stopping sand fly bites?

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
3M people helped
What is a good lotion for stopping sand fly bites?

See below: Sand flies are blood-sucking insects typically found in sandy areas. While they are generally harmless, their bites can turn into skin irritations or become itchy bumps. In extreme cases, they transmit serious diseases. Application of insect repellents are an effective way to prevent bites. Available for your preference are "chemical-deet" vs non chemical "natural" products-lemon eucalyptus. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
31M people helped
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I recently went to hounduras and got sand fly bites what are the chances I contract leishmaniasis?

Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
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Leishmaniasis: You only have a 5% chance of getting leishmaniasis in honduras. ...Read more

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