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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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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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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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What does a bed bug bite look like a giant pimple?

What does a bed bug bite look like a giant pimple?

Well....: Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. ...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 a bug bite right under my butt? It started as a regular bite then spread to 8 bites...They got really big, and look like pimples w/ white tips

I have a bug bite right under my butt? It started as a regular bite then spread to 8  bites...They got really big, and look like pimples w/ white tips

STAPH: This is a staph infection until proven otherwise. Staph can get deadly and real nasty real quick. I have treated over 200 of these in the last couple of years and every single patient thought they had a bug bite. There is a drug resistant staph infection known as MRSA (mersa). You must be seen today. ...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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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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