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Doctor insights on: Skin Infections That Look Like Bug Bites

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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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Can flea bites cause skin infections like exzma?

Can flea bites cause skin infections like exzma?

Flea bites: Skin infection can result from excessive scratching but flea bites do not cause eczema. ...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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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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What do you needs to avoid when you have a fungal skin infection like jock itch?

What do you needs to avoid when you have a fungal skin infection like jock itch?

Heat, moisture: Skin fungi love warm, damp areas such as the groin and feet, which is why jock itch and athletes' foot are so common. Your job is to keep the involved area as cool and dry as possible. In the case of jock itch, wear loose underwear and apply a good powder like zeasorb twice a day. And of course, apply a good antifungal cream or lotion twice a day until the rash clears. ...Read more

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

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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Could oral pills work for skin infections?

Could oral pills work for skin infections?

Yes.: If a skin infection is caused by bacteria, then an oral antibiotic might be helpful in treating the process. It would be best to visit a clinic / doc / provider in your area to have the skin problem evaluated and diagnosed. Once the problem is diagnosed, then the most appropriate therapy can be started based upon the diagnosis. Be well. ...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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Which staphylococcal skin infection is considered the most serious?

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 are fungal skin infections caught?

How are fungal skin infections caught?

Fungal Infections: A doctor can diagnose ringworm based on the appearance of the rash or reported symptoms. He or she will ask about possible exposure to people or animals with ringworm. The doctor may take skin scrapings or samples from the infected area and look at them under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis. ...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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Can streptococcal skin infections spread?

Yes.: All bacterial skin infections should be considered contagious. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a durable skin infection?

How to get rid of a durable skin infection?

With: Appropriate antibiotics and skin care of the wound ...Read more

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Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Probably not: Antibiotic soap can prevent infections, but it's unlikely to treat them once they happen. ...Read more

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What is a skin infection caused by bacteria?

What is a skin infection caused by bacteria?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a way of describing a skin infection which is red and streaking up the skin from the wound, bite or or nidus of infection. ...Read more

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What % of elderly people get skin infections?

See below: There is no corrected answer. It depends on the individual's risk factor such as diabetes, stress, immobility, cardiovascular disease and complications from surgery. The bottom line is that the higher medical co-morbidity, the higher age, the greater risk of immunocomprised state for developing skin infections. ...Read more

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Which type of fungal skin infection could this be?

Which type of fungal skin infection could this be?

Dermatomycosis: Cannot possibly comment on what you may have without seeing it and examining you. Go and see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you prevent getting recurring skin infections?

How do you prevent getting recurring skin infections?

TLC: Keep skin healthy by avoiding cuts and sores --- use anti-bacterial cleansers. ...Read more

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What are the best remedies for fungal skin infection?

Depends...: ...On the location. Simple athlete's foot & jock itch will often clear with any of the over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays. More extensive skin involvement usually requires the addition of an oral antifungal (ketoconazole, terbinafine, etc.) if it's on the face, in the scalp, or in toenails or fingernails, topical treatments simply don't work, and oral antifungals are the only way to go. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat fungal skin infection by myself?

Lotimin, Micatin (miconazole): Lotrimin, micatin, (miconazole) or amisil at are options for self treatment of fungal infection. Use for 4 weeks. If not clear see physician for prescription. ...Read more

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Do you know the name of a tablet for fungal skin infection?

Do you know the name of a tablet for fungal skin infection?

Yes, I do.: There are several; the most popular at the moment are terbinafine (trade name lamisil), ketoconazole (trade name nizoral), itraconazole (trade name sporanox), and Fluconazole (trade name diflucan). All have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the nature and location of the infection. An older medication called Griseofulvin is still used sometimes, but a lot of fungi are resistant to it now. ...Read more

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What are some precipitating factors of fungal skin infections?

Diabetes, sweating: Diabetics would be more susceptible to fungal infections as well as people on long term steroids and immunosuppressive drugs. High s hook and college wrestlers can easily catch fungus because of close personal contact. Sweating on the feet can create a good environment for fungus to develop. ...Read more

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Are adolescent kids more susceptible to fungal skin infections

Some are...: Superfiical fungal infections are common but may be more likely in people who sweat a lot, especially in sports or play. Sweaty skin (wet/moist skin) is more likely to "growth" fungus. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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)

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