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can mosquito bites look like lesions?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Right after being bitten by a mosquito you may develop a soft white bump than later transitions into a hard, brown (reddish-brown) or a blister or bruising. There may be itching ; swelling around the lesion.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there a visual difference between tick and mosquito bites?

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Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Usually: There are various types of ticks however most "tick bites" are smaller and less noticeable than the raised and erythematous bites of a mosquito. In addition, mosquito bites are almost always itchy whereas that is not usually the case with a tick bite.
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A 80-year-old member asked:

Got a bad mosquito bite. Any suggestion would be appreciated

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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dermatology 18 years experience
Antihistamines: Mosquito bites cause your skin to release histamine, a hormone that triggers inflammation and terrible itching. Topical and oral antihistamines such as benedryl block this reaction reducing itching. Topical cortisone cream can also reduce inflammation. Remember, for both antihistamine and cortisone the sooner you start them, the more relief you'll get.
A 33-year-old member asked:

My mosquito bites are lumpy and oozing liquid?

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Dr. Daniel Kim
Plastic Surgery 15 years experience
Clean the area: Cleanthe area with any antibiotic ointment..Seek attention to r/o any sort of staph infection.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of mosquito bites?

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Dr. Alla Kirsch
Travel Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: Mosquitoes in this country usually bite during dusk to dawn hours. However, if you travel internationally, you may encounter mosquitoes that are active during the day as well. Stay indoors if possible, when out, leave as little of your body uncovered by clothes. Then use deet containing mosquito repellents, such as ultrathon, on all exposed body parts and wear clothes pre-treated with permethrin.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are mosquito bites dangerous? Or just annoying?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Bite: You should see your dermatologist for treatment. These bites can get can get infected.

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