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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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An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

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 more

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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?

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.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How do I know if my skin infection is healing?

How do I know if my skin infection is healing?

Thanks for asking!: The pain, the redness, the swelling, the warmth around it should all be improving. ...Read more

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From net I read that keflex is not good for skin infection today. Is it true?

From net I read that keflex is not good for skin infection today. Is it true?

Absolutely not: Keflex has always been one of the mainstay antibiotics for skin infections, right next to penicillin. There are other choices available in case of allergy or resistance. ...Read more

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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 certain skin infection. I think it's viral. I need to show an image. Please respond so I can.

Skin rash: Even by providing a thorough description of the characteristics of the rash, other symptoms and any relative history (like exposure to something) may help us give ideas. Ideally 'seeing it' will help too...
Hope you can get some answers. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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

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What does it mean for my infected skin to be pussing non stop? I had a skin infection and it was healing well but then it came back but it has spread

What does it mean for my infected skin to be pussing non stop? I had a skin infection and it was healing well but then it came back but it has spread

Not treated: What you describe indicated the infection has not been completely treated. See your doctor so a culture can be taken and you are given the proper medication as well as wound care instructions to minimize risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How can I cure ringworm skin infection?

How can I cure ringworm skin infection?

Anti-fungal cream: You can try an anti-fungal cream like clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, and others. If that doesn't work, sometimes an oral anti-fungal prescription is needed. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Could I confuse skin infection for herpes?

Could I confuse skin infection for herpes?

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

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What are signs I got skin infection from my makeup?

What are signs I got skin infection from my makeup?

Pus: Clogged hair follicles with acne like pus pimples would be sign of skin infection. Stop and discard makeup and see doctor fortress, ENT with topical or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a skin infection or allergic dermatitis?

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How can I tell if I have a skin infection or allergic dermatitis?

Itching or soreness: One simple way to differentiate between allergic dermatitis vs. Skin infection is if the area is itchy. Allergic dermatitis will typically be scaly and itchy. Skin infections are normally red, swollen, tender, and not itchy. This rule is not always 100%. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a skin infection no doctor can diagnose or treat?

Medical School/NIH: It may be time to visit the dermatology department/clinic of your local medical school. A medical school is likely to have experts in skin disorders as well as infectious diseases. If, god forbid, that does not resolve the problem, you may wish to contact the national institutes of health. ...Read more

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I suspect antibiotics were given to me as a prophylactic for splinter induced skin infection. I took one; infection didn't occur. Can I stop?

Depends: If you had the injury several days ago and antibiotic was prescribed at that time and now you are okay with no signs of infection then you can stop it. You are not using it anyway. ...Read more

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I have a bladder infection and a skin infection I went to the doctors today and they gave me a med but I can't afford it is there another option?

I have a bladder infection and a skin infection I went to the doctors today and they gave me a med but I can't afford it is there another option?

Talk to doctor: If you were told to have bladder infection and require antibiotics, you should take med, but if it is too expensive, you can inquire about less expensive med. Some pharmacies have 4 dollars and 5 dollars rx to help pt with costs or no insurance.The same applies for skin infection.Some antibiotics can treat both of the above condition. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection. It itches very bad And seems to spread. Some say its ring worm. I use withfield ointment but does not help. Your thoughts?

I have a skin infection. It itches very bad And seems to spread. Some say its ring worm. I use withfield ointment but does not help. Your thoughts?

See a dermatologist: Your question is too vague. Infection??? Where? How long? Etc., etc. Whitfield ointment is an old prescription for certain dermatophyte infections. Dermatologists abandoned it 50 years ago in favor of much more effective remedies. For best result you must begin with a diagnosis. "A skin infection" does not define anything. Try again with the DETAILS. ...Read more

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Been taking Cephlexin 500MG every 6 hours for skin infection. Been 2 weeks and the medication has not helped at all, Should I be taking clindamycin?

Been taking Cephlexin 500MG every 6 hours for skin infection. Been 2 weeks and the medication has not helped at all, Should I be taking clindamycin?

Inadequate response: If the treatment is not helping, I recommend returning to the prescriber, who saw the infection before, for re-evaluation. S/he is best positioned to understand what is going on.

Another doctor can evaluate and treat you, but will have less information than the original prescriber ...Read more

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How long can until I see effect of terbinafine 250 mg QD for a skin infection on my face that started 11 months ago? Doxyc. Helped, but didn't resolve

Terbinafine: Has your skin infection been proven to be caused by a fungus? Terbinafine is a medication to treat fungal infections. Doxcy combats bacterial infections and may be used in acne cases. If not enough improvement has been made after 11 months of treatment, it may be time to consult a dermatologist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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How do I treat a bacterial skin infection?

How do I treat a bacterial skin infection?

See your Dr.: A bacterial infection will need to be evaluated by a physician and usually treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection and need an antibiotic but allergic to penicillin? What antibiotic is good?

I have a skin infection and need an antibiotic but allergic to penicillin? What antibiotic is good?

Depends: It would depend on the type of penicillin allergy you had and the type of skin infection. If you just had a rash from penicillin and you do not have an MRSA infection cephalosporins like Keflex would be fine. If immediate hypersensitivity to penicillin, clindamycin, Doxycycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) would be options. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a yeast skin infection rash on my face?

Please help! I have a yeast skin infection rash on my face?

See your doctor: If you have an infection on your face, please see your doctor. If you have a yeast infection you need checked to see why that is happening. You may need a prescription medication to help your problem. ...Read more

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What is bacterial skin infection and should I see a dermatologist for it?

What is bacterial skin infection and should I see a dermatologist for it?

Bacteria in the skin: Usually infection with bacterial of the skin is due to a break in the skin to allow bacteria to grow --- need to have evaluated by a physician to prevent spreading. ...Read more

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Would anyone get a skin infection from pulling weeds / planting flowers?

Sporotrichosis: There are number of infections you could get, but one of the most important ones to know about is sporotrichosis, a fungal infection often associated with rose gardening. You can find good pictures of what the skin lesions look like on the web a characteristic feature is that it typically starts on the hand and spread upward along lymphatic tracts. ...Read more

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How to cure skin infection as most of the time I used to rub the whole skin. Kindly suggest me?

If it is an: Infection, it could be fungal, viral, or bacterial. If it is inflammation, it could be allergic or irritation. Treatment really depends on maing correct diagnosis, so go see a skin doctor, dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which staphylococcal skin infection is considered the most serious?

Toxic shock syndrome: It can cause death in hours. Read more about it here: www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001676/. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a skin infection?

What type?: Fungal, bacterial, parasitic, etc? If depends on the type of skin infection. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more