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insect bite scars

Question: Hello, For years now my lower legs have been a source of embarrassment for me. I seem to more prone than most to insect bites, and I have difficulty avoiding scratching them (I've been known to do it in my sleep). This generally leads to a brownish scar, especially from the knees down. No amount of neosporin that I apply while they're healing seems to help. Though the scars generally fade within 2-3 years, by then there are fresh ones (I get this scarring from just about any type of cut or scrape on my lower legs, not just insect bites). This past winter I moved into a new apartment that had a flea problem, and by the time I got it under control I had hundreds of bites. My legs are a mess! I would love some advice on treating these scars, preventing new ones, and if possible, possible causes and solutions to my proclivity for being bitten (I once spent the night in a room with sand fleas and woke up covered in bites, while my girlfriend who slept next to me had none!) Thanks for your help.
Answer:

Scars can be extremely difficult to treat, however many patients notice results from topical treatment products such as Kelo-cote – Tube and Mederma. I also highly recommend Scar Heal Scar FX Silicone Sheeting – 1.5 x 3 in.. Keep in mind results vary from patient to patient. Thus, dermatological treatment procedures should also be considered. Based on research I did – it appears scientists have figured out that insects are tuned to identify the different chemicals that make up human body odor. An insect may simply think your sweat smells better then others based on the amount of carbon dioxide, octenol and other compounds found in your body/organs. Unfortunately there is not much you can do about your body’s chemistry. I would instead make as many attempts as possible to keep bugs away from you. Keep repellent on at all times, have your house/area sprayed routinely, hang up those lamps that repel insects, etc. Scientists are saying that new repellents will be coming out to detract insects from being attracted to certain people’s odors but for now you’ll have to use these preventative measures. I hope this information is helpful. Best skin care wishes.

Meagan, Esthetician