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Swollen , reddish lips due to insect bite. Help - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Dr XXXXXXX here
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:i had an insect bite (i think) last week on my lips
User:first, it was swollen and now its totally reddish and looks like an wound
User:i have not taken medication assuming it will subside slowly
User:but since its already a week now and still the wound is there i would like to know if any medications are required
User:its right on my lower lips and very visible now
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Insect bite produces symptoms secondary to allergy/hypersensitivity process and by infection.
Doctor:If the symptoms has not worsened in the last one week, it would definitely improve gradually.
Doctor:Therefore medications you need will depend on the current clinical picture.
Doctor:You can try topical antibiotic cream such as neosporin on the affected wound.
User:first was just swollen, then mouth ulcer type and now reddish
Doctor:If the swelling does not improve, a small dose of steroid cream may be needed.
User:no there is no swelling as of now... its only a reddish wound in the lips
Doctor:It may help me assess the problem much better if you can send me a good quality picture of the affected area.
Doctor:You can take a picture with your camera/mobile phone under broad light - 2/3 shots taken from different angles can be sent to attachments@healthcaremagic.
User:do you think one week time for this issue is less/more for healing by itself
Doctor:Mention ATTN: Dr. XXXXXXX in the subject line.
Doctor:Some insect bite reactions can persist for more than 2-3 weeks.
User:i will try taking picture, cos actually i don't own either a camera mob/camera itself
Doctor:No, problem.
Doctor:I shall try and explain the steps you need to take one by one:
Doctor:1. Symptoms following insect bite can take some weeks to improve. The recovery process depend on few factors such as body capabilities and the type of insect that bit you.
Doctor:2. If the rash and swelling has not progressed in size and severity since the initial stages,
Doctor:you need not be worried.
Doctor:Gradually with time they tend to improve.
Doctor:3. You will need antibiotic and steroids if symptoms are progressing.
Doctor:4. If there is no progress in the symptoms, you can try neosporin ointment on the affected area to prevent bacterial contamination.
Doctor:In simple terms apply neosporin on the area and monitor the progress of symptoms.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:Have you followed what I suggested?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:ok... do cockroaches/spider bite?
Doctor:Spider bites have been reported.
Doctor:No reports of cockroach bites have been reported.
User:these are the two available insects at my home
Doctor:It is possible that this could be related to spider bite. But do not worry.
Doctor:Spider's in India are not that toxic when compared to western world species.
User:ok.. so i will apply neosprin
Doctor:Yes, apply neosporin (antibiotic cream) on the rash and keep a watch on the rash.
Doctor:I expect the rash to fade away in the next 1-2 week time.
Doctor:Hope I answered your query.
Doctor:Do you have any doubts?
User:yes, thanks.
User:one more
User:i have eesnophilia (spelling??). is it possible my daughter too will be having.
User:every month she is getting cold/cough for more than 15 days.
Doctor:Eosinophillia is a representation of an existing medical condition.
User:i meant dust allergy...
Doctor:A few conditions causing eosinophilia can be inherited.
User:will homeopathy cure such things
Doctor:Allergy, hayfever, asthma are few such causes which can pass on to off spring.
Doctor:My expertise are limited in the field of homeopathy.
User:she is just two and very less immunity
Doctor:You are free to try homeopathy and other alternative medical treatment in such cases.
Doctor:Immune system grows with age.
User:can you please suggest a homeo doctor for a chat
User:are they available
User:cos' almost every month i give her antibiotic for one or the other reasons
Doctor:Children under 5 years of age are known to have low resistance.
User:whichi know/believe is not good
Doctor:I understand your concern, but irrespective of any treatments you do or not, she her body immunity will develop and mature as she grows.
Doctor:Her immune system will have maximum effects when she becomes 5 year old.
Doctor:If you wish to contact a homeopath, you can write a query and post it on Ask a doctor.
Doctor:Homeopath are not available on live chat. They will respond to you on Ask a Doctor.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:thanks ...
User:have a nice day
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Wish you the same.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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