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Dr. Clarene Cress
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I have a single itchy bump on my arm that looks like a bug bite. It's winter though. What can it be? No bed bugs, fleas, etc. in home...

I have a single itchy bump on my arm that looks like a bug bite. It's winter though. What can it be? No bed bugs, fleas, etc. in home...

? Fungal or bug bite: Sometimes a fungal infection or "ringworm" will start as a slightly itchy red bump that then enlarges in a circle form. More likely, with all of the fresh evergreens with the holidays, you may have picked up a chigger or other biting insect. Fleas have also been known to hitch a ride. I have occasionally had fleas hop off patients in my office, and they do jump! ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Can bug bites spread/multiply after scratching? I started out with a few but it seems like every time I itch they multiply.

Can bug bites spread/multiply after scratching? I started out with a few but it seems like every time I itch they multiply.

Scabies?: You have to consider Scabies especially when the itching is very intense at night. Scabies burrow into your skin and travel within it . Their droppings are what leads to itching . See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Michael Fisher
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I get bug bites swells and get hot to the touch. Out of 9, i'mthe only one that gets them. What should I do?

I get bug bites swells and get hot to the touch. Out of 9, i'mthe only one that gets them. What should I do?

Mosquitoes Bites: Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. "one in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes, " reports jerry butler, phd, professor emeritus at the university of florida. But it's not dinner they're sucking out of you. Female mosquitoes -- males do not bite people -- need human blood to develop fertile eggs. And apparently, not just anyone's will do. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can you tell me what these mystery bug bites are?

You haven't given: Enough information to even guess at the answer. You can provide clarifying information and re-ask or consider having your physician take a look. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Pamela Paulhus
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My kids woke up with several (over 10) bug bites. What is the best way to treat this?

My kids woke up with several (over 10) bug bites. What is the best way to treat this?

Check the sheets : Might want to take a close look at the bedding (particularly the sheets) to look for bedbugs. Can try some non-prescription anti-itch creams/sprays. Keep the fingernails short and encourage your child not to scratch in order to avoid skin infections. Have the doctor see the lesions, to be sure they are not infected or something other than bug bites. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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How can I tell the difference between different types of bug bites?

How can I tell the difference between different types of bug bites?

This is difficult: This is hard to do without experience and training. Most insect bites are benign and will appear as red bumps, swollen, warm to the touch but not painful (except for the initial bite). Some bites or stings can be quite worrisome such as black widow or recluse bites (and in the southwest desert - scorpion stings) and some can some a total body allergic reaction. These need to be seen asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Duane Gels
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Can you tell me how to tell if I have bug bites or an allergic rxn?

Can you tell me how to tell if I have bug bites or an allergic rxn?

One in same, really: Bug bites are allergic reactions to the saliva of the insect; sometimes the anticoagulants that keep the blood flowing till they've had their fill. Local release of histamine and other chemicals trigger the swelling and itching. One tip is that bug bites are isolated bumps, often appearing in clusters ("breakfast, lunch and dinner"). Often there's a tiny blister right in the center of the bite ...Read more

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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What to do for bug bites itch ing all over?

What to do for bug bites itch ing all over?

See below: Use Benadryl and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. The Benadryl can reduce the itch and the Hydrocortisone can reduce the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
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What are some of the more strange symptoms of bug bites?

What are some of the more strange symptoms of bug bites?

Infectious disease: How about rocky mountain spotted fever & lyme disease from tic bites? Or meningitis from viruses transmitted by the bites of mosquitos? Or everyone's favorite, malaria, also transmitted by mosquito bites, but caused by a spirochete, a kind of bacteria, not a virus. ...Read more

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