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A 64-year-old female asked:

Can an allergic reaction be reliably distinguished from an insect bite by visual inspection?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes it would be able to be distinguished by visual inspection. Let your doctor see it and tell you what it is.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Depends: I expect that it would depend on many factors including: the details of the bite, the overall reaction symptoms, how you measure reliability and the expertise/experience of the one doing the inspection. It is possible - even likely - that the treatment will be similar or the same in any case. You might want to have a doctor try their best. Good luck.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an allergic reaction to insect bite?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Let me help you?: Insect bites and stings can cause an immediate skin reaction. The bite from fire ants and the sting from bees, wasps, and hornets are usually painful. Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas, and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain.
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