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what is the difference between a tick bite and a mosquito bite

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Ticks stay on...: ...For a long time (hours to days). Their bites are painless and itchless, and easily missed, especially if covered by hair. Mosquitoes, of course, bi ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Roazen
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Tick borne illnesses: include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply inflammation; an expanding, red area of tender ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Dz transmission: Both have potential to transmit infectious diseases.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mitchell
22 years experience Bariatrics
Usually: There are various types of ticks however most "tick bites" are smaller and less noticeable than the raised and erythematous bites of a mosquito. In a ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me explain: Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Hives last < 1 day: Hives & insect bites itch but otherwise are very different. Bites last for days. A hive fades away in hours although it may be replaced by other hives ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Duic
8 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not much: Most insect bites are not dangerous. You have to watch for signs of infection resulting from the bite, typically occuring over the first few days. It ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: Flea bites are caused by a flea biting you and mossie bites are caused by a mosquito biting you. They are 2 different insects.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: For a general spider (not dangerous to humans) and bedbugs, the bites can look similar with redness, swelling, warmth, initial pain which fades quickl ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Zachary
24 years experience Wilderness Medicine
Limited space: Though spider, tick or mosquito bites can sometimes cause infection, the vast majority of them will not. A limited local inflammatory response can be ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You might not be : Able to distinguish them. Both can leave red, itchy, swollen areas of skin. However the bed bug may leave a track of bites in a line. The flea does n ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Tilson
36 years experience Orthodontics
How teeth contact: Normally upper teeth are offset towards the buccal (cheek side) so they slightly overlap the lower teeth placing the buccal cusps of lower teeth in ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Bite vs Dermatitis: Poison oak causes a linear reaction with itching and blistering that is termed allergic contact dermatitis. Mosquito bites are isolated small and itch ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Kizy
21 years experience Dentistry
Dental terms: All top teeth should be outside of the bottom teeth. A cross bite is when 1 or more bottom teeth are outside of the top teeth when you bite. An over ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
O ya: Spider is a bug too.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Identical: The bite from an infected mosquito looks the same as from a non-infected one. That is why insect repellant, long sleeves and netting are important. Th ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
A pimple: Is due to obstruction of a pore (such as in acne) or due to a superficial infection (as in folliculitis). A bite is an actual injury to the skin from ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Only some: The obvious answer is that if you have seen or killed the bug itself. You can probably tell whether a spider has bitten you or not since the bite is u ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends : There are only 4 genera of spiders in the us that are dangerous to humans but generally, there may be 1 or 2 small puncture wounds in the center of a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Schuller
44 years experience Family Medicine
Testing: Eia screen and then western blot if necessary.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
R U Kidding: YOU cannot unless you catch the bug

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