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Insect Bites (Definition)

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


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Went to a bonfire, got dozens of bug bites,unable to sleep and have fever,what can I do for relief??

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Reactive: These nodes are reacting to the bug bite on the scalp. Ibuprofen could help with swelling. If the nodes continue to swell or get worse a course of antibiotics could be helpful. So i would see the doc in 1-2 weeks if not better. ...Read more

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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?

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?

I would recommend: that she be seen by a doctor there so that the cause of the fever can be determined and treatment given if needed. Meanwhile you can continue the ibuprofen every 6 hours and make sure she is drinking plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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What can cause facial swelling besides bug bites?

What can cause facial swelling besides bug bites?

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

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What bug bites cause circular pattern?

What bug bites cause circular pattern?

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

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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?

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

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more