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Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

See below: All insect bites can cause local reactions which include redness, swelling, warmth and itch and this is normal bit sometimes, a person can have what is called a "large local reaction" which is a very vigorous version of the local reaction but is not necessarily an "allergic reaction". Some people can be very allergic to bee stings which can cause anaphylaxis. As for other bites, it is possible. ...Read more

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Insect Bites (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can you tell me how you prevent and reduce allergy from insect bites?

Can you tell me how you prevent and reduce allergy from insect bites?

Insect repellent: Use an insect repellent to avoid the bites. Avoid being outside without protection in the early morning or evening hours. Cover your arms and legs with clothing when outside. Don't have standing water around your house. Use Hydrocortisone cream on the bites 2-3 times a day and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with itching and swelling. ...Read more

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Maybe I have an allergy to insect bites? Red, raised.

Maybe I have an allergy to insect bites? Red, raised.

Depends: Almost all people react to insect bites where the body creates a "local inflammatory response" which includes redness, swelling, warmth and itch at the bite site. Some people react more vigorously than others but that does not mean that you are allergic. There are other factors that need to be considered for an allergic reaction like breathing problems, facial swelling, vomiting/nausea, etc. ...Read more

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Im not sure if this is allergy or insects bites , im having rash with no color in shoulders area only , today i was in jacuzzi outdoors or is it food?

Im not sure if this is allergy or insects bites , im having rash with no color in shoulders area only , today i was in jacuzzi outdoors or is it food?

The best way: to determine what you are allergic to is to do an IMMUNOCAP Allergy Panel at the Lab. This will test for dozens of specific respiratory and food allergens. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swelling to go down after a few wasp stings? No allergies to insect stings/bites.

How long does it take for swelling to go down after a few wasp stings? No allergies to insect stings/bites.

Wasp stings swelling: Sting reactions can normally take several days to go down but should be improving by then. It may take a week or more to resolve completely. If it is worsening or not improving then you should have it looked at. You could have developed a local skin infection at the site of the sting. ...Read more

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Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

Depends whatyou mean: Hornet/insect bites can cause itching, hives, localized swelling all the way up to systemic reactions (anaphylaxis). If you mean can they cause nose or eye symptoms this would be indicative of a more systemic reaction (wheezing, swelling etc.). Any suspected systemic reaction should be treated immediately with Epinephrine followed by calling 911. ...Read more

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Both my partner and i have hard lumps mainly under armpits .insect bites from camping 7days ago.more appearing. very sore.taking allergy relief?

Both my partner and i have hard lumps mainly under armpits .insect bites from camping 7days ago.more appearing. very sore.taking allergy relief?

Infection>: I am not concerned about the bites being infected when they become sore. Allergy pill would not work. See your doctor to find out if an antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more

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Insect bite or allergy, what's the difference?

Allergy to saliva: Great question. When insects bite us and inject their saliva, we have a reaction to this. The site can be a little red and puffy due to the bite itself, and then an allergic reaction at the site. Of course, if one has a severe bee allergy, e.g., there could be a dramatic, life-threatening reaction. Also, the insect pushes germs on our skin into germ-free areas, and that causes irritation too. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for insect bite allergies?

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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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