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Allergies

Deer Fly Bite

06/29/1999

Question:

What can repel Deer Flies and what can I do to when bitten. The area will swell up and become hard. The swelled areas range in size of two to nine inches.

The last time I was bitten the doctor only perscribed Kelflex.

Answer:

These are delayed allergic reactions caused by cellular immune reactions to the insect antigens. These are really not infections and you may ask your MD next time about using either topical cortisone creams or ointments. With the severity of reaction described, oral steroids such as 5 days of prednisone treatment (30 mgs. per day) may be necessary and is likely to be highly effective.

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Response by:

David I Bernstein, MD David I Bernstein, MD
Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati