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Skin Infections That Look Like Bug Bites
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
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
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
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
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
I have a history of MRSA & mysterious skin infections. I got bite a day ago and now it's swollen, red, hard and painful. Should I be worried?
Yes.: With those symptoms, you should go to Emergency Room for immediate evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
3wks ago was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for skin infection few days later itchy rash grows under l breast. Is it b/c the medicine? Never had this b4 look like cutaneous candidiasis had 3 HIV test all negative
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
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
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
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
Toxic shock syndrome: It can cause death in hours. Read more about it here: www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001676/. ...Read more
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
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
Dermatomycosis: Cannot possibly comment on what you may have without seeing it and examining you. Go and see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
TLC: Keep skin healthy by avoiding cuts and sores --- use anti-bacterial cleansers. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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