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Insect Bites (Overview)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in persons who are allergic.


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Do you pop insect bites?

Do you pop insect bites?

Not a good idea: "popping" or pinching of insect bites does not speed up their resolution and may lead to scarring or infection. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Overview)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in persons who are allergic.


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What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

Don't know what: Insect bit you but a bed bug can leave telltale sign of a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Archer Dr. Archer
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Insect bites (Tip)

Many illnesses that are caused by insect bites have vaccines or treatments. Use repellant and nets. ...See more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
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Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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How to stop insect bites from weeping?

How to stop insect bites from weeping?

Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Archer Dr. Archer
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Insect bites (Tip)

Ask your doc if you are travelling abroad about insects and symptoms to watch out for. Get vaccines. ...See more

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Any recommendations for my insect bites?

Any recommendations for my insect bites?

Different: Common over the counter treatments for insect bites include ice application, washing the area thoroughly (and trying to avoid scratching) to prevent infection and Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Sronger steroid creams may be prescribed, along with other treatments. ...Read more

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Insect bites (Tip)

To prevent them from getting infected, don't scratch. Local swelling is not an allergic reaction. ...See more

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My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

Insect bites ?: See a dermatologist to see if they are really insect bites and not something else. ...Read more

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I wish to know how do you treat insect bites?

Many ways: If you do nothing, they go away, but itch in the meantime. To control the itch, there are many over the counter itch creams are available including Hydrocortisone (which i don't think works very well) and non-steroid containing medicated creams like gold bond lotion (which i personally like much better). There is also benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which works nicely taken orally, but may cause sedation. ...Read more

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Should i tan even though I have insect bites?

Yes, but: You really shouldn't. You run the risk of prematurely aging your skin as well as increased risk of skin cancers. ...Read more

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What to do about insect bites that won't go away?

Be seen.: First question is are they really insect bites or some other rash? Some people can have an allergic reaction to insect bites called papular urticaria...Easily treated and must eliminate the bugs (usually fleas). ...Read more

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Can bug or insect bites dpread to different parts of the body?

Can bug or insect bites dpread to different parts of the  body?

Bites: Depends on the bug. Scabies are going to spread on the body, are very itchy, but usually found near fingers, belt and bra lines. Bed bugs are usually not spreading but as the person continues to get bit each night, the bites accumulate in number and seem to spread. Mosquitoes love exposed surfaces and thrive near water, tics usually bite once and then a rash spreads, fleas bite the lower legs. ...Read more

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Can you have a reaction to different types of insect bites? How?

Yes.: Different insects have different substances in their saliva that cause different skin reactions. In addition, those saliva components can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, but not in those who are not susceptible. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are insect bites? What do they generally look like?

Swellin and red area: A sign of bite may be seen. The area around it may be circular, diffusely red and swollen. ...Read more

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Insect bites getting a lot bigger after over a week, should I be concerned?

Yes: Bug bites should get bigger over the first 2-3 days. After that, if they continue to enlarge, then infection is likely. See the doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have lots of insect bites? What is the best way to treat them its getting darker.

Insect bites: It sounds like you have post-inflammatory changes where your bites were. That should fade, but it can take even months in some cases. ...Read more

Insect Repellant (Definition)

Insect repellents are considered safe to use after 2 months of age. The CDC has established that products containing DEET, picaridin, or citronella are generally safe, however, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than 3 years old. Avoid applying near the mouth ...Read more


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Insect Venom Panel (Definition)

The insect venom panel uses venom from wasp, honey bee, yellow jacket, yellow hornets and white faced hornets. Fire ant allergens are also used if there is ...Read more