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Bug Bites That Cause Fever
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
Went to a bonfire, got dozens of bug bites, unable to sleep and have fever, what can I do for relief??
Fever?: If your body temperature is over 100 degree F for no other reasons (not just a feeling of fever), the bites might have been infected since bug bites are not usually associated with a fever. (West Nile fever is a problem in many parts of the country from mosquito bites) If you truly have a fever, you need to see a doctor now. If not, then they will likely subside unless you see pus forming. ...Read more
I have two bug bites on my ankle a week ago. Rather than getting better, they look worse. Now my ankle is swollen. I also have a fever. What do I do?
See a DR: Do you really expect any other answer? Get help TODAY. ...Read more
My two year old has a fever ranged from 103-101 Advil drops the fever and he has no other symptoms. He does have two bug bites on his back that showed up this morning. My one year old does not have a fever and my two year old acts just fine he has been eat
He should be fine!: Mosquito borne disease usually has an incubation period a bit longer than you mentioned. He is also doing well overall without painful and/or swollen joints; sore muscles/aching tendons; extensive skin rashes; tiredness;headaches and swollen lymph nodes. Put 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bug bites or apply cool compresses. Oral antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 2.5ml could be offerred at night. ...Read more
9mo has red spots on thigh&wrist-look like bug bites. Had fever last night of 101.5-has gone down since. No appetite, fussy & moaning today. Connected?
Hard to tell: If still concerned in the morning and rash worsens take to the pediatrician ...Read more
a fever, recently took a trip to Africa where got several bug bites, irritable, confused & has a rash and thought it was the flu at first any ideas?
11 mth old swollen nodes on back of head at neck for 2 weeks. Went down 1 day & came back. No fever or other symptoms. Bug bites on head. Call doc?
Vacation Costa Rica. 12yo daughter bad fever last night. Gave ibuprofen -it broke. Morning- fevers back. Has bug bites. No joint pain or throwing up?
Facial swelling: Face swelling can be caused by inflammation, allergies, trauma or infection in the tissues of the face. Facial swelling can be due to relatively mild conditions, such as a sinus infection, or a serious or life-threatening condition, such as analphylactic shock, that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting... ...Read more
Got a couple of bug bites on the thigh a month ago. Took a week to go away. Suddenly came back in exactly the same place. What causes this?
Staph infection: It is most likely not a bug bite if it is recurrent. There is a world wide epidemic of hard to treat staph skin infections. I would hope you could get in to see your family doctor soon to get eyes on the spots that are bothering you. ...Read more
Many: Papular urticaria, as it is called, is what is typically seen from bites by mosquitos, spiders, etc. Usually reactions to the saliva trigger itching, redness and a small bump that resolves in a couple days. Bigger reactions (redness, tenderness), can mean infection; circular rings around the bite may also raise concerns of tick bites leading to Lyme disease; early treatment is very effective. ...Read more
My daughter has three open round wounds on her leg. I think she has scratched her bug bites. What would cause the circular wounds?
Lots of bugs: Most insect bites cause local inflammatory reactions like itching and welts that are mild and resolve within a few hours without complications. Of course bee stings and cause more severe local and systemic reactions if you are allergic but any biting bug could cause a localized response. Mosquito bites are common culprits. Ticks, flies, and fleas are also implicated. ...Read more
Almost any kind.: Virtually any sort of bug bite can cause blistering. I generally don't recommend popping these blisters unless they are painful, because of the risk of infection. If it's not bothering you, cover it with a bandaid. If it itches, apply Hydrocortisone cream 2-3 times a day. If it gets painful or tender, or develops a red ring around it, see your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Infection: Bug bites that result in red bruising with a white dot in the middle could be due to fire ant bites (but not common in NYC). Or could be due to infection (an abscess). Usually the white dot that you describe indicates pus that needs to be drained. Please see your primary care provider. ...Read more
Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?
I have this bruise on my right thigh that hurts but isn't very visible. What could cause this. I have a few bug bites in the area?
Localized reaction: Maybe it is an underlying localized reaction from the bug bites. If continues, then get it evaluated. ...Read more
I have a row of bug bites on my lateral side of my right leg, it can't be bed bugs cause it's only in the one spot; what else could this be?
I often get random patches full of itchy bumps on my body mostly on my forearms they're not bug bites or an allergic reaction. What causes this?
Many things!: What you are describing is a very common condition and not specific for any one diagnosis. You could have a contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction to something coming into contact with your skin), hives, eczema or any number of things. If your primary care physician is stumped, please consider seeing an allergist or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Can very dry skin cause red itchy bumps that look like bug bites? I'm getting sporadic red itchy bumps on face it's very dry and itchy!
Have swelling in feet & ankles. Not sure if it could be caused by bug bites on legs or not. What can I take or do to get the swelling to go down?
Which bug bites (~30 on legs) other than ticks' can cause bullseye rash 2 weeks later? I went camping and these bites never itched nor hurt.
Bites: It would be unusual to have 30 bites and not notice a tick. A bullseye rash is very suggestive of bites by a tick. See your doctor and if there is a possibility of tick bites be treated. They are very prevalent this year. All the best. ...Read more
What causes itchy hands that would appear very small of what looks like pimples/ bug bites in your hands which is very itchy?
Eczema: It could be a form if eczema called dyshydrotic eczema that is treated with strong steroid cream. ...Read more
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