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Skin Infection From Insect Bite
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
Interesting: Never heard that the skin would be susceptible to insect bites more than someone else's unless the smell of the skin- soaps, colognes, perfumes, etc. maybe attracts the bugs more. You might try not wearing anything that has a fragrance to it- even washing clothes in fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You may not be able : To. Both can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. What can be telltale for a bedbug is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. Mosquitoes leave sporadically placed lesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?
Won't prevent scar: But it will soften the area and help make it less noticeable. Normal insect bites shouldn't scar unless scratched open if this is a problem too try putting some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream on and covering with band aid. If you are dark pigmented and have dark scars try fade cream but don't use it close to your eyes. ...Read more
Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more
Chigger vs Mosquito: Chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. **the itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs.You may only have 1 mosquito bite or bites can be sporadically located. ...Read more
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
Boils in the leg. It's filled with fuild inside & after couple of days it bursts and forms a wound. Not sure if any skin infection or bug bite. Help?
Lesions: Sounds like infection. Be seen and get antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more
Is it normal for a fungal skin infection to first show up in small (bug bite looking) bumps before getting bigger and more ring-like appearance??
Fungus: yes that appearances normal trying to catch it right away as early treatment gives quicker healing ...Read more
Wash well & see Dr.: After an animal bite, the area should be washed well to get the animal germs out. If the wound is large, deep, or painful, the staff at the emergency room can wash it out. Prescription antibiotics may be needed, as well as a tetanus booster. If bitten by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat, or any salivating/drooling strangely acting animal, rabies is a possibility (see a dr. Within a day or so). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good day i have this skin infection it starts as a little flee bite and then itches like crazy and then it starts to grow and grow?
Need to examine:
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Is it still growing? Could it have been a tick bite, if so, you should be tested for Lyme disease.
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So I am taking Augmentin for a tiny possible skin infection at that left breast site I spoke of and when the doc saw the bites she also thought it was a kind of bite. I tried to think back and realized that in early September I broke up w/an urgent care e
Sorry: You didn't quite get to your question. Try again. Be brief. ...Read more
Could be both: Both of your concerns could very well be a cause of itchiness. ...Read more
I have a certain skin infection. I think it's viral. I need to show an image. Please respond so I can.
I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.
Hard to say: Hard to say much without more detailed history and a photo. If you think it looks like ringworm and you don't have a fever or rapidly progressing rash, try an over the counter antifungal for a week. Generic Clotrimasole will work. Continue for several weeks twice a day until clear. If at any point it worsens again, you will need to be seen. I hear great things about your health system! ...Read more
I applied Mupirocin on my skin infection usually at 8am then 2pm or 3pm then 9 or 10pm. Is that okay even it's not 8 hrs in between?
8 hours: Not a problem. No two people have the same time interval for applyning creams. The 8 hours in between is the average time not the definitive time. Relax and get better soon. ...Read more
I have a stubborn skin infection that has been treated with antibiotics for 4 weeks now. No improvement. What could my dr try next? I am concerned
Need right diagnosis: Diagnosis needs to be re-evaluated. Maybe it is not infection. Was a culture taken or any other test to confirm that this is an infection. If it is an infection, it is essential to determine what type: bacteria, fungus, virus etc. The diagnosis should be as specific as possible so that proper treatment can be obtained. Sometimes an incision is needed to drain the infection out. Discuss with your d. ...Read more
I have skin infection behind my neck, skin is rough and black at the place and there is a lit of itching, can anyone suggest me what kind of infection?
See a dermatologist: You may have something called acanthosis nigricans, which is really not an infection. If the back of your neck feels velvety and soft and is darker than the rest of your skin it is possible you have this. To be sure i would see a dermatologist, since it can be associated with other things. ...Read more
What are the s.e of using doxycycline & amoxcyciline ? Doc says I have to use amoxcy for skin infection &I'm on doxcy for malaria prophlaxis
Unusual combination: Amoxicillin usually isn't the best antibiotic for skin infections. The main skin infection bacteria often is staph, which doesn't repond to amoxicillin -- but might respond to doxycline. Maybe all you really need is to temporarily increase the dose of doxy; or to add a drug active against staph, like sulfa-trimethoprim, Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or clindamycin. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Herpes itself is usually a skin infection. There are many bacteria that can cause skin infection as there are viruses. Fungal infections are also skin infection. It is not always clear to a doc the specific type of organism causing infection. Herpes will often look different when infecting different body parts: fingers, mouth, genitals (different male vs female). ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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