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How can you tell the difference between spider and mosquito bites?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
This is difficult: This is hard to do without experience and training. Most insect bites are benign and will appear as red bumps, swollen, warm to the touch but not painful (except for the initial bite). Some bites or stings can be quite worrisome such as black widow or recluse bites (and in the southwest desert - scorpion stings) and some can some a total body allergic reaction. These need to be seen asap.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between chigger and mosquito bites?

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Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 20 years experience
Duration.: Typidally chigger bites last a lot longer than mosquito bites (usually 2-4 weeks). They are very red (not pink) and tend to occur in areas where skin touches skin that have possibly been covered by clothing. Itching is variable between the 2 so that is not a good way to tell the difference.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell the difference between bug bites and mosquito bites? Is it possible?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
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 usually solitary and tends to spread, darken, and get infected over a day or so. On most occasions, it would be the environment where you get the bites which would provide the best clue.
A 32-year-old female asked:

How do i distinguish between a spider and mosquito bite?

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Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Spider bite: Brown recluse bite develops a central necrotic, less painful lesion, most of the time. A mosquito bite, is usually just very itchy, and no necrosis. Exam with doctor is recommended, if unsure.

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