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Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

Need exam: There are a few kinds of bug bites that take longer to heal than others. Some spider bites and tick bites could fit what you describe, but melanoma is also on the list. If it hasn't gone away in 14 days you should see your dermatologist or primary care physician. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more


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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
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Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
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Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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I'm getting red spots on my back. Itch a little, looks like pimples, but i usually don't get them. My back is covered at night. Can it be bed bug bite?

I'm getting red spots on my back. Itch a little, looks like pimples, but i usually don't get them. My back is covered at night. Can it be bed bug bite?

Maybe: If its bedbugs the red spots would be anywhere the bed contacts your skin and sometimes you'll have tiny blood spots on the bed. Notably you'll have red papules in sets of 3 from where the critters ate breakfast lunch and dinner. ...Read more

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An insect bite has taken on the appearance of a pimple. What is this?

An insect bite has taken on the appearance of a pimple. What is this?

Not unusual reaction: It is not unusual for a insect bite to chane its appearance to what looks like a pimple, so it is normal reaction. ...Read more

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I got 6 straight line of bug bites. I'm not sure what kind of bug is it. It looks like a pimple and painful when i touch it. ?

I got 6 straight line of bug bites. I'm not sure what kind of bug is it. It looks like a pimple and painful when i touch it. ?

Bed bugs: Bed bugs attack in a linear line. I'll bet you notice them after sleeping. Check your bed sheets for small black insects and possibly blood stains. The blood stains represent squished bugs that you rolled over on or spots of blood from your skin due to bed bug bites. ...Read more

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How do i know if i have a bug bite or an infection? The area on my skin is lifted, hard and red, almost like a pimple with no tip.

How do i know if i have a bug bite or an infection? The area on my skin is lifted, hard and red, almost like a pimple with no tip.

Hard to say: without being able to see the lesion. It sounds like you may have a "boil" or small abscess. Try placing a warm washcloth over the area for 10 minutes and see if this brings any relief. Boils sometimes abate on their own but also may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have 6 straight line bug bites on my left leg. I'm not sure what kind of bug is that. It looks a pimple and too painful when i touch it. ?

I have 6 straight line bug bites on my left leg. I'm not sure what kind of bug is that. It looks a pimple and too painful when i touch it. ?

Bed bugs: Bed bugs strike in linear streaks and cause a lot of itching. It is usually not painful. Spider bites could cause more pain but usually they don't cause that many bites in a row. I'm betting on bed bugs and recommend you check you bed for small black insects. You may see blood marks on your sheets too where the bugs were squashed as you slept. If anyone shared your bed they may have it too. ...Read more

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Bug bite that was very itchy. Scabbed over when i itched it, now I have several more pimple like itchy bumps. Clear liquid when popped. Profile picture

Bug bite that was very itchy. Scabbed over when i itched it, now I have several more pimple like itchy bumps. Clear liquid when popped. Profile picture

Allergy: It's possible that the serum in the original bite contained material that caused additional allergic reactions in the surrounding skin. Have you applied cortisone type cream to the rash? Taking an antihistamine like benadryl(may cause drowsiness) will also help the reaction and the itch. If redness and burning appear you may be developing cellulitis which requires antibiotic medication and cream. ...Read more

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Insect Bite (Definition)

Insect bites usually refer to a skin lesion from an insect bite. The insects are fire ants, honey bees ...Read more


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