A 64-year-old female asked:
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can an allergic reaction be reliably distinguished from an insect bite by visual inspection?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Sometimes: Sometimes it would be able to be distinguished by visual inspection. Let your doctor see it and tell you what it is.
Answered on Dec 7, 2013
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
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.
Answered on Dec 7, 2013
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