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What can cause an insect bite or sting to get infected?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Germs
The bite itself can be sterile, but it opens the skin and any nearby germ can take advantage of the opening to enter and trigger infection.
Having soiled skin or scratching the area increases the chances a germ can enter. A thorough immediate cleansing of bite areas will decrease the risk.

In brief: Germs
The bite itself can be sterile, but it opens the skin and any nearby germ can take advantage of the opening to enter and trigger infection.
Having soiled skin or scratching the area increases the chances a germ can enter. A thorough immediate cleansing of bite areas will decrease the risk.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Scratching
Scratching an itchy insect bite can cause it to get infected.
Keeping both the area of the bite and your hands very clean can help prevent infection.

In brief: Scratching
Scratching an itchy insect bite can cause it to get infected.
Keeping both the area of the bite and your hands very clean can help prevent infection.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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