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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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Sand fly bite?

Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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. Nour Baltagi
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Sand fly bites looked like they were healing but have now got wider and look bumpy and raised as if there are spots grouped together, any help please?

Dr. Nour Baltagi
Board Certified, Pediatrics
25 years in practice
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Sand fly bites looked like they were healing but have now got wider and look bumpy and raised as if there are spots grouped together, any help please?

Leishmaniasis: You could have cutaneous leishmaniasis and you might need treatment to prevent more severe skin manifestation. You need to see an infectious disease specialist or a dermatologist. ...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
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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
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How can you treat sand fly bites on the skin?

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

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Are sand fly bites poisonous, and should I see a doctor?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Are sand fly bites poisonous, and should I see a doctor?

Not usually: Sandfly bites may leave large, red itchy bumps that may turn into a rash. These bumps are frequently several times as itchy as mosquito bites, and tend to last longer as well. Sand fly ties in the philippines can lead to a parasitic problem called leishmaniasis. You would not need to see a doctor unless you have an infection air are worried. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Will taking vitamin b prevent sand fly bites?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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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. William Conner
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