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what happens if you scratch a mosquito bite

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Turner
19 years experience Dermatology
Sarna lotion.: Try over-the counter sarna lotion--there is a regular and a sensitive skin version. Both are great. Also, an over-the-counter steroid such as Cortaid ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Stropnicky
8 years experience Family Medicine
Can be normal: Even though a silver-dollar sized mosquito bite looks concerning, it may just be a normal reaction your body is having to the irritant from the mosqui ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not uncommon: This can happen but if it does not improve by the end of 2 weeks, check with your doctor.
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Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Mosquito bites: I would take a warm shower each day and they will get better. Sounds like you have bad reactions to skeeter bites and would use repellant.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You increase the: Potential for infection.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Itching and swelling: A mosquito bite around the eye may cause sifnificant swelling, itching & discomfort depending on your particular reaction to bites. The eye is prone ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Usually gets worse.: There is nothing to "pop" - that is, there is nothing inside, unless the bite is secondarily infected. Even then, popping it will only worsen the infl ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
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Bleeds: Not much other than a bit of blood. It can get infected so it is important to keep it clean and covered till it forms a scab and try not to scratch it ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: On the toxicity of the spider. Most spider bites cause mild redness and swelling. Certain ones, notable the brown recluse spider, can cause massive ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Helfand
36 years experience Pediatrics
Call your physician: If you have a skin infection, you should be seen by your physician to be treated appropriately.
A member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Penile mosquito bite: Likely a small itchy "pimple" which will heal rapidly. Unlikely to get a mosquito borne disease in USA
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Swelling: The bite on lower or upper eyelid skin would cause localized swelling and could possibly become infected. Initial relief could be obtained with cold c ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Antibiotics: First, use cool compresses to cool it down(decreasing the inflammation), 30 minutes, twice a day and then use topical antibiotics like polysporin/neos ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Nothing much: Fluid comes out, you irritate the skin and likely increase your risk of local infection.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Have you been: around mosquitoes? Right after being bitten by a mosquito you may develop a soft white bump than later transitions into a hard, brown (reddish-brown) ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Flea vs Zit.: Flea bites may be clustered into 3 itchy bumps that bleed & blanch (turn white) when you press on them. They tend to be found at skin folds (breast or ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: This depends on the species, whether the sting is medically dangerous or not, would determine the course or action/treatment. If minor, cleaning woun ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It may be more: difficult to see skin reaction to bite - such as erythema.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Helfand
36 years experience Pediatrics
Tick bite: The most important thing about tick bites is that you want to remove the tick including the head without squeezing the blood back into your body. It ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
You win...: ...The flea dies.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Med eval.: If it is swelling - i would be concerned about possibility of infection. What was the person's tetanus status? Recommend medical evaluation.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Most spiders can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain but with itch like mosquitos, but others can cause more severe i ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Oozing clear: Material is probably ok (blister?) but oozing whitish purulent material may mean an infection.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Mccarty
31 years experience Dentistry
Not a big deal: Don't worry about it, but if for some reason it remains red and swollen for a few days afterward then think about infection.

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