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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 semi-hard lump under the skin on the side of my leg. It started out like a bug bite on the external skin and now there is discomfort?

I have a semi-hard lump under the skin on the side of my leg. It started out like a bug bite on the external skin and now there is discomfort?

Lump/pain: It sounds like a cyst that may now be infected. Be examined and drained or removed if indicated. Some doctors also give antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more

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Two year old. Bug bite red, white head, warm, and hard. What bug can it be? Should I take him to the er?

Two year old. Bug bite red, white head, warm, and hard. What bug can it be? Should I take him to the er?

If....: Fever develops, there is a spreading rash from the injury or a generalized rash appears, or any purple spots that do not blanch on pressure. Try warm compresses to the site. ...Read more

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I have had a small raised bump about the size of a bug bite on my arm for about a yr. It is hard but not painful. Skin colored. What could it be.

I have had a small raised bump about the size of a bug bite on my arm for about a yr. It is hard but not painful. Skin colored. What could it be.

1 Look=1000 words: Too hard to tell from this limited information. Go see your family doctor or a dermatologist and have them look at it. Chances are they can take one look at it and know exactly what it is. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite on my lower leg. Its raised, hard, kind of looks like a burn. Skin is peeling and has itched for over a week. Dime sized?

Bug bite: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. It is very likely that the team can take care of you but they might also need to discuss things with your primary doctor.

Hope all goes well - the doctors are excellent! ...Read more

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What kind of bug bite leaves a tiny circle on your skin?

Tick bite: A tick bite can look like a bull's eye. It's important to see your doctor if you see a tick or suspect a tick bite because they can carry lyme disease which can have long-term debilitating consequences. Treatment with Doxycycline can help prevent lyme disease. Other bugs that leave a tiny circle are spider, bed bugs, fleas, fire ants, chiggers. ...Read more

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Got a bug bite and started scratching now I have red dots all under my skin. What is this?

Got a bug bite and started scratching now I have red dots all under my skin. What is this?

Perhaps hives?: If they are itchy red dots then it could be an allergic reaction to the bug bite or even the mechanical pressure of you scratching. Sometimes you can scratch so hard that you cause tiny little bruises under the skin. ...Read more

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Sometimes I would feel a brief stinging pain like a bug bite on my skin, this could happen at any one place on my body. Is this bad?

Paresthesia: Paresthesia is an abnormal condition in which you feel a sensation of burning, numbness, tingling, itching or prickling. Paresthesia can also be described as a pins-and-needles or skin-crawling sensation. Paresthesia most often occurs in the extremities, such as the hands, feet, fingers, and toes, but it can occur in other parts of the body. ...Read more

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What can make your skin itch without a rash or a bug bite?

Xerosis: Your skin may be dry...Dry skin is itchy skin. You can use dove unscented soap and lukewarm (never hot) water for bathing, and apply cerave cream upon exiting the shower. ...Read more

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My skin if peeling from a bug bite. Can I do anything to heal it?

My skin if peeling from a bug bite. Can I do anything to heal it?

Insect bite: Apply any lubrication such as coco butter, aquaphore or even Vaseline. Good luck ...Read more

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Tiny itchy growth on skin. Itches up like a bug bite only after I scratch it?

Tiny itchy growth on skin. Itches up like a bug bite only after I scratch it?

Papular urticaria: A localized form of hives that comes up after you scratch it is called papular urticaria, and often it is indeed caused by a bug bite. Try applying over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream instead of scratching it. If it persists, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My 3 yo got a bug bite a week ago. All that's left is two small red dots flush to the skin. Should I be concerned? No redness around them.

My 3 yo got a bug bite a week ago. All that's left is two small red dots flush to the skin. Should I be concerned? No redness around them.

Bug Bites: Although bug bites can be dramatic and even hurt when you get bit, most heal well as you describe. You have looked for all the concerns that would signal an infection, like surrounding redness or swelling. It appears that this is healing well and it may take some time for the small red dots to completely resolve. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of the bug bite scars on my skin?

Time, steroid: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Bug bite on hand white to red skin?

Bug bite on hand white to red skin?

Local reaction/aller: It is probabely local allergic reaction and you can use over the counter Hydrocortisone 1% cream if it persists. ...Read more

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My daughter is 26 months old and has a bug bite of some kind on her thigh and it has a large kinda knot underneath it but it hasn't come to a head?

This sounds like it: Might be an infection, as opposed to a bug bite. Of course if you're somewhere where there are insects out at this time of year, it's possible. I would recommend that you have her examined by her doctor to be sure. Meanwhile, have her sit in a warm tub or apply warm compresses to the area. If it's itchy, she can have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally. Don't try to squeeze it to open it up; you may make it worse. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite on the top of my head. The next morning I woke up and my head hurt very badly, I found that I had 4 abscesses all around the wound, ?

I have a bug bite on the top of my head. The next morning I woke up and my head hurt very badly, I found that I had 4 abscesses all around the wound, ?

Allergic response: This sounds like a localised allergic response to the bug bite. It is unusual for infection to develop this early. This could likely be small blisters rather than actual abscesses. In any case if its causing you pain, you need to get this examined by a doctor. If there is infection, you may need antibiotics otherwise try some antihistamines which may reduce the reaction around the bite. ...Read more

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Skin swelling up and it's puffy and itchy after I scratched it. But it was just a little bump and not a bug bite?

Skin swelling up and it's puffy and itchy after I scratched it. But it was just a little bump and not a bug bite?

Hives: Swelling and itching of the skin after scratching is usually due to hives (urticaria) -- or more scientifically, "dermatographism." the little bump that started it all could very well have been a bug bite, however. ...Read more

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Bug bite: red spot, skin around it is pink and swollen. So how can you tell if it's infected or not?

Bug bite: red spot, skin around it is pink and swollen. So how can you tell if it's infected or not?

Bug bite: If it is itchy, then probably it is not infected. If it is painful, then it could be infected or could be a spider bite, either way see a doctor. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if the skin around my bug bite is red and looks like a bruise but it is not itchy or painful?

Yes: The bruising is the injury to the tissue this will resolve the surrounding redness must be watched to be sure there is no infection and does not spread. Now a bug bite wound is a set up for an infection so keep the are clean and dry and watch for any spreading If so see your doctor ...Read more

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My wife has 2 circular orangish colored spots on her skin. Says they feel almost like a burn. Unlike any bug bite or rash I've seenwhat could this be?

My wife has 2 circular orangish colored spots on her skin. Says they feel almost like a burn. Unlike any bug bite or rash I've seenwhat could this be?

She needs to be seen: This kind of rash/spot could be many things. Your best bet is to have a physician look at it to help determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite on my large toe. I woke up with it being very itchy and filled with fluid on Sunday morning. It is not hot or filled with any fluid at this point or even very itchy, but the skin in an area a little smaller than the size of a dime has tu

Don't let it bug You: It appears that your body's response to the bite has worked perfectly. There is not much to do now but wait and see. As long as no further symptoms appear, you're in the clear. It concerns arise or new developments need to be addressed, have it examined. ...Read more

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Hi I have bug bite on my upper thigh. Around the bite I have white normal skin and then a 1-3 inch diameter round bruise.?

Hi I have bug bite on my upper thigh. Around the bite I have white normal skin and then a 1-3 inch diameter round bruise.?

Bleeding: The bruiseing is from skin bleeding either from the bite, a stinger or a certain insect venom. If the area becomes red or hot, get it checked. Otherwise, OTC cortisone crwam should help. ...Read more