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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


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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 2.5ml could be offerred at night. ...Read more

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2 y/o had fever anorexia diarrhea X 2d then red flat circular <2cm lesions all over, began on legs. Not bug bites. No new food, med, soap. Dx? herp?

2 y/o had fever anorexia diarrhea X 2d then red flat circular <2cm lesions all over, began on legs. Not bug bites. No new food, med, soap. Dx? herp?

Fever/Rash: This could be anything from a viral exanthem to a tick borne disease presentation to a drug reaction, and so on. Baby needs to be seen, examined and diagnosed appropriately and this cannot be done over the internet. ...Read more

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What causes bug bites?

What causes bug bites?

Bugs: Bugs bites are the reaction to different, well, bug bites. These could be mosquitos, chiggers, fleas, bed bugs. "bug bites" is really a broad category. ...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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My daughter has three open round wounds on her leg. I think she has scratched her bug bites. What would cause the circular wounds?

My daughter has three open round wounds on her leg. I think she has scratched her bug bites.  What would cause the circular wounds?

Possible Infection: If these lesions were originally insect bites that she has been scratching they may have become infected. If they are painful, red, warm or she feels feverish she should see her healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Is it normal for bug bites to cause bruises?

Is it normal for bug bites to cause bruises?

No: It's bleeding underneath skin causing "bruises". Are you taking aspirin? Or may the bug has "toxin" which cause bleeding. ...Read more

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What would cause what looks like bug bites and tenderness that has lasted a week?

What would cause what looks like bug bites and tenderness that has lasted a week?

Delayed Reactions: Delayed insect bite allergic reactions lasting a few weeks are not uncommon. Other entities however need to excluded including drug allergy, autoimmune disease, infectious diseases and other entities. ...Read more

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