How can I treat a worsening insect bite reaction?Skin, Hair & Nails
I went to Lazarus Island and St John Island in Singapore. We walked through the woods and went to the beach where we lay on the sand and submerged ourselves in the water. Close to 6 hours after we left the island, we found growing mosquito bite-like bumps around our body that were much harder and itchier than a mosquito bite. The next day, serum started to ooze from the bites. I was given an antibiotic and antibiotic cream. There was an initial improvement, but there was a sudden turn of events and they are now extremely itchy and turning into a rash which expands day by day.
Insect bite reactions are due to the body's 'allergic' or hypersensitive response to the insect bites. The rash can became increasingly red, bumpy and itchy due to this increased sensitivity to the bites.
The bites can become infected and antibiotics are important to treat infection. However, topical steroid creams are often needed to help settle the inflammation. In severe cases, short courses of oral steroids may be required. You should consider seeing your doctor/dermatologist if your rash is worsening. Early treatment will help the rash settle quickly and prevent further worsening.
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