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Doctor insights on: Bug Bites That Cause Soreness And Tenderness

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I have a painful rash mostly on my buttocks & on my back under my bra band. I do have a few spots on my arms & legs aswell. They look like bug bites but are more sore than itchy. Not sure what may have caused them. I'm having a hard time finding infor

I have a painful rash mostly on my buttocks & on my back under my bra band.  I do have a few spots on my arms & legs aswell.  They look like bug bites but are more sore than itchy.  Not sure what may have caused them.  I'm having a hard time finding infor

Needs to be checked: It needs to be evaluated as the spots are persisting.Have you used any cream or ointment.See your doctor or a dermatologist it could be a bug bites, skin infection like impetigo, sometimes the bug bites get infected as well. ...Read more

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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I have gotten a number of larger, red, itchy bug bites with whitish yellowish centers in a few of them over te last few nights while sleeping. I have also developed a sore swollen tonsil on my right side with white splotches on it, are these interrelated?

I have gotten a number of larger, red, itchy bug bites with whitish yellowish centers in a few of them over te last few nights while sleeping. I have also developed a sore swollen tonsil on my right side with white splotches on it, are these interrelated?

Hard to tell: Although it is unlikely that they are related, it is also impossible to rule out such a probability without more information and possibly testing. The yellowish stuff in the lesion is suggestive of an infection and thus you need to see your doctor about this problem. ...Read more

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Both my partner and i have hard lumps mainly under armpits .insect bites from camping 7days ago.more appearing. very sore.taking allergy relief?

Both my partner and i have hard lumps mainly under armpits .insect bites from camping 7days ago.more appearing. very sore.taking allergy relief?

Infection>: I am not concerned about the bites being infected when they become sore. Allergy pill would not work. See your doctor to find out if an antibiotic may be needed. ...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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There is a tender spot on the left side of my head that is a bit sore when touched. Is it serious? What causes it?

There is a tender spot on the left side of my head that is a bit sore when touched. Is it serious? What causes it?

Not serious: You can get inflammation in the muscles or superficial nerves in the scalp. It may even be a bruise from pulling your hair back or wearing a ball cap. Take some Motrin and put some ice on it ...Read more

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I have a bug bite that swelled up like mosquito bites and now its flat, red and sore. Should i be worried?

I have a bug bite that swelled up like mosquito bites and now its flat, red and sore. Should i be worried?

May be infected: Since it is red and tender, it may be infected. Any bite can get secondarily infected. I recommend warm water compresses followed by topical antibiotic ointment eg. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment two times per day. If it does not improve and the red area expands, please see your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more