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A 36-year-old member asked:

what are the differences between a spider bite and a mosquito bite?

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Dr. Peter Duic
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
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 really is of no consequence what bit you. Luckily most spider bites are not dangerous and the dangerous spiders, black widow and brown recluse are not that common. I think your zip code is the northeast which is not where the brown recluse is found.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
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 issues and these would be determined by the type of spider bite such as latrodectus - black widow genus or loxoceles - brown spider - (recluse) genus (in the usa). There are other problem species like hobo (tegenaria genus) and (cheiracanthium) too.

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My baby got a mosquito bite, and now it looks infected; what should I do?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Call your doctor: A mosquito bite (or any skin lesion) that appears infected needs to be examined. If your doctor agrees it is infected, they will prescribe the appropriate treatment.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Why do spider bites make your skin so hot?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Inflammation: Chemicals from the bite irritate the skin and blood vessels and cause an irritation ti the nerve fibers causing swelling het and possible hemorrhage in the skin. Bites can also become infected.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long do mosquito bites itch for?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Days: Usually last for a few days, rarely over week.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Do diabetics get more mosquito bites than non diabetics?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
No: However, diabetics may get more frequent skin infections that resemble insect bites. Most spiders do not bite, and many patients who come to my office theink they have had an insect bite, but did not actually see the insect, and in reality have an infected skin lesion.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I think I might have 6 mosquito bites. How will I know if I get west nile?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
You won't.: In the u.S over the past couple of years, the number of west nile infections were in the low hundreds. You have a greater chance of getting in car accident on the way to the doctor's office, then getting symptoms of west nile (most cases are without symptoms).

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