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Is there a common chemical in all insect repellents that can cause an allergic reaction?

Is there a common chemical in all insect repellents that can cause an allergic reaction?

Allergy to various c: There are individual sensitivity which can be any of common chemicals. Test small spot to see if ot is tolerated. In severe cases see allergist for controlled allergy testing. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Skin test or blood: When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms from the bite. And the type of insect involved, if known...Depending on the insect, a series of simple scratch tests can be done, or sometimes a blood testis done first. It depends on your reaction history. ...Read more

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If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

Allergy: Lots of different meds can be used. Antihistamines are very common but stopping the medicine (or other thing) that causes the reaction is the first thing to do, if known. Topical and systemic steroids are also commonly used (orally or injected). ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an allergic reaction to insect bite?

What sort of problem is an allergic reaction to insect bite?

Let me help you?: Insect bites and stings can cause an immediate skin reaction. The bite from fire ants and the sting from bees, wasps, and hornets are usually painful. Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas, and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to insect bite?

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to insect bite?

Depends: If it is mild- just some redness and itching, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. People who get severe reactions- such as difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat, should carry an epi-pen, which is injectable epinephrine. ...Read more

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I need a straight answer. What is allergic reaction to insect bites?

What it says.: If you get stung or bitten by an insect, and you are allergic to the insect's venom or saliva, you develop an allergic reaction to the sting or bite. Usually it's just itching, redness, and swelling around the bite, but in rare cases it can evolve into anaphylactic shock which is life-threatening. Antihistamines may help mild cases, but if you have trouble breathing or other symptoms see a doctor. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Are there treatment guidelines for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Depends: Depending upon what insect is responsible. If this is from a bee sting reaction, then there are potential treatments available. Speak with a physician to understand what the reaction was and the best treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for allergic reaction to insect bite?

What is the treatment for allergic reaction to insect bite?

Depends: The answer depends on the severity of the allergic reaction. If it is mild- just some redness and itching, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. People who get severe reactions- such as difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat, should carry an epi-pen, which is injectable epinephrine. ...Read more

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What are treatment for an allergic reaction to insect bite?

What are treatment for an allergic reaction to insect bite?

Depends: Depends on the severity of the reaction on the skin-redness, swwollen, pain. As well as what kind of insect bite. The reaction are varies on different individuals, some are very allergic, some have minor eaction. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is recomended first. But you have pain with swelling then you need to see a doctor for steroids and/or antibiotics ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to insect bite means hives or what else?

Allergic reaction to insect bite means hives or what else?

Allergy to insect bi: Most of the allergies to insect bites caue local reaction and itching. But some people have severe reaction to insect bites and stings especially bee stings. This is a life threatening allergic reaction and is called anaphylaxis, this can cause breathing difficulty and is an emergency. Need to be treated with Epipen (epinephrine) injection and emergency treatment. ...Read more

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A severe allergic reaction to insect bite has to include breathing problems?

Depends: This can occur and if it does, it is a severe reaction - anaphylaxis and will need immediate care. If you had an Epipen (epinephrine) from previously diagnosed severe allergy, use it then call 911. ...Read more

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Can an allergic reaction be reliably distinguished from an insect bite by visual inspection?

Sometimes: Sometimes it would be able to be distinguished by visual inspection. Let your doctor see it and tell you what it is. ...Read more

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Bug / insect bites with allergic reaction. Can I take hydrocortisone and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to cure?

Bug / insect bites with allergic reaction. Can I take hydrocortisone and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to cure?

INSECT BITE ALLERGY: It depends on the allergic reaction. If it is only itchy bumps, hc cream or other steroids plus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) intake will suffice. If the reaction is severe like anaphylactic shock or angioedema, you need Epipen shots or call 911. ...Read more

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I might have bug bite/allergic reaction, what to do?

Allergic reactions: Minor allergic reactions are generally improved with oral antihistamines with out without topical steroids. Severe allergic reactions characterized by facial swelling, respiratory distress, severe vomiting and swallowing problems should be treated immediately in the emergency room or with injected epinephrine. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bed bugs or just an allergic reaction?

How to tell if I have bed bugs or just an allergic reaction?

Check lesions.: Agree w earlier answers. Get these checked out. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. ...Read more

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I got an allergic reaction to bug bites and now they are turning dark purple. Is it going to go away or am I stuck with the dark purple marks. Or is t?

I got an allergic reaction to bug bites and now they are turning dark purple. Is it going to go away or am I stuck with the dark purple marks. Or is t?

Skin color change: The change to dark purple likely corresponds to the beginning of resolution of the rash. It may be a slow process for it to return to normal in cases of chronic allergen/irritant exposure. The process only starts once the trigger is removed. ...Read more

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I feel as if im having an allergic reaction to bed bug bites but im not too sure...HELP?!

I feel as if im having an allergic reaction to bed bug bites but im not too sure...HELP?!

Tell us more: You will need to tell us more about what kind of problem you are encountering. I cannot even guess what the problem may be with such scanty information. ...Read more

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My daughter got bit by a bug, and it is swollen, red and puss is coming out of it, is she having an allergic reaction?

My daughter got bit by a bug, and it is swollen, red and puss is coming out of it, is she having an allergic reaction?

Probably infected: You're describing an infection. Wash well with soap and water and apply an antibiotic cream, 3 times a day for 7 days. If swelling gets worse, more lesions appear, develops fever, red streaks that spread from the sore or increased production of pus, take her immediately to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?

Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?

What allergies?: What do you mean by allergic reaction after foods and also what kind of foods? Yes becoming allergic to new things is possible nearly at any age although the risk gets lower the older one gets. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old just developed a rash allover his back and bottom he has a few bug bites could this be an allergic reaction or something else?

My 2 yr old just developed a rash allover his back and bottom he has a few bug bites could this be an allergic reaction or something else?

Rash in Children: It is a reaction to the bug bits, I would bet. But, a rash that is spreading should never be ignored. I would get him to his pediatrician today. ...Read more

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I often get random patches full of itchy bumps on my body mostly on my forearms they're not bug bites or an allergic reaction. What causes this?

Many things!: What you are describing is a very common condition and not specific for any one diagnosis. You could have a contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction to something coming into contact with your skin), hives, eczema or any number of things. If your primary care physician is stumped, please consider seeing an allergist or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had chest pain then face stared swelling up and started to have hard time breathing. Told it was a allergic reaction. Could it be from a bug bite.

I had chest pain then face stared swelling up and started to have hard time breathing. Told it was a allergic reaction. Could it be from a bug bite.

Allergic reaction: A stinging insect or fire ant can cause anaphylactic reactions and usually are accompanied by a rash of some sort. Did you get bitten? If not, other causes needed to be investigated. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Have these bumps around my new tattoo. Not sure if bug bites or allergic reaction. Some have white in them like pimples. Each day there's more (5 days)?

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Have these bumps around my new tattoo. Not sure if bug bites or allergic reaction. Some have white in them like pimples. Each day there's more (5 days)?

Itchy?: If they are itchy, you may be allergic to one of the dyes or metals used in the tattoo ink. If they are not, I would suspect an infection. ...Read more

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Can bed bug bites give an allergic reaction? My arm is covered with red welts and went to ER. Was told it was allergic reaction but friend had bed bug

Can bed bug bites give an allergic reaction? My arm is covered with red welts and went to ER. Was told it was allergic reaction but friend had bed bug

Bed bugs -itchy bite: I think 'yes' these are from bed bugs. These are insects and so their bites can certainly cause an allergic type reaction, just like a mosquito bite. New York City has a real problem with bed bugs as you might be aware. Hopefully you can avoid contact in the future because you will react the same way (or worse!) as allergy gets worse w/ time. Good to check with a MD for questions, esp. If worsens. ...Read more

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My daughter has red itchy bumps on her arms and feet. What could be the cause? She was diagnosed with a staph infection but the bumps persist. Bed bugs were mentioned but she is the only person being bitten. Could this be an allergic reaction to something

My daughter has red itchy bumps on her arms and feet. What could be the cause? She was diagnosed with a staph infection but the bumps persist. Bed bugs were mentioned but she is the only person being bitten. Could this be an allergic reaction to something

This: This is tough to answer without a picture. There are several possibilities including bites (fleas or other), eczema or allergic contact dermatitis, lichen planus, folliculitis (staph infection), and others. I doubt bed bugs given the location. I would recommend you try a moisturizer such as cerave cream twice daily and if not better after a few days consider a trip to the dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options. Bites are common in kids so that is certainly a possibility. If they are bites, avoidance plus a steroid gel might be beneficial. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is an allergic reaction?

What is an allergic reaction?

An altered reaction: The roots of "allergy" are from greek "allos" (different) and "ergos" (action). So, an allergic reaction is a "different" (from normal) reaction. The reaction occurs to an allergen. An allergen can be a pollen (ragweed), food (peanut), animal (dust mite or bee venom), or other foreign substances. Symptoms occur due to histamine and other chemicals and cause sneezing, runny nose, etc. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more