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A 28-year-old female asked:

Ive been having reoccurring bug bites but my roommate has not. the bites are red and itchy with a flesh tone hard center. they spread out to be big

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Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 12 years experience
Insect sensitivity: You are hypersensitive to something introduced into the bite (like saliva) whereas the roommate is not, unlikely they are not getting bit. Fleas? Bed bugs? Mites/chiggers? If unknown, have an exterminator check it out. If no bugs identified, you could have chronic hives, or another kind of rash, for another reason. Dermatologist or Allergist can help define problem. Using daily cetirizine may help
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 38 years experience
Allergic?: Try benedryl and OTC anti-itch creams - ask the druggist. Keep skin clean/dry - dilute vinegar can help itch too. If you are sensitive and roommate's not, that can explain it. I'm always more bitten than others and react big too! I know how it feels. See a doctor if it gets too bad. Don't scratch!!
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Last updated May 28, 2016


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