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Bug bites that have little black dot in center, what is this?

It most likey means: That there is dead tissue. Since the size is very tiny, should not be concerning, it could easily be debrided ...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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What distinguishes bed bug bites from black widow bites?

What distinguishes bed bug bites from black widow bites?

Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. A black widow
bite can cause. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to get rid of black marks left behind from bed bug bites?

Is there anyway to get rid of black marks left behind from bed bug bites?

Not great.: Time, and bleaching. The bleach can cause scar/irritation and even make it worse. Laser bleaching like for tatoo removal is probalby the most sure fire method. ...Read more

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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 bug bites hurt not itch?

What bug bites hurt not itch?

Bug bites: Any allergic reaction to a bug bite can itch however, spider bites, and deer fly are less likely to cause an allergic reaction than fire ants, mosquitos, or chiggers. Some 'bites' are not really bites at all, but rather the discomfort comes from a sting such as: fire ants, bees wasps and scorpions. ...Read more

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Is Windex good for bug bites?

Is Windex good for bug bites?

Unsure: If you were in the cast of the "Big Fat Greek Wedding", the answer would be yes. I do not see any therapeutic effect from it but it may soothe the itching a little. For itchy lesions, hydrocortisone cream works better. For sores, you may need an antibiotic. Some bites (black widow, brown recluse spiders) often require medical attention. ...Read more

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What does bug bites look like?

What does bug bites look like?

See below: Bug bites create a red, swollen, warm area called a local reaction and can become infected like any other bite. Seek medical treatment if your are concerned about infection. ...Read more

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How to tell types of bug bites?

How to tell types of bug bites?

Very difficult: Its not really important which type as they are all treated in the same way. ...Read more

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Mysterious bug bites, what to do?

Mysterious bug bites, what to do?

Difficult to say: It is hard to say without knowing what the rash looks like and how and where the bites have occurred. ...Read more

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What's to be done about bug bites?

What's to be done about bug bites?

Bug bites prevention: Outdoor activities expose you to getting bug bites. Wearing long sleeve shirts, pants instead of shorts, shoes but not flip flop or sandals and insect propellents prevent you from getting bitten. ...Read more

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What do bug bites look like usually?

What do bug bites look like usually?

See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. However, there are treated in the same way - wound care, steroid creams and antihistamines. ...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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What should I do about these bug bites?

Bug bites: Are you sure these are bug bites? Not hives or another type of rash? If they are indeed bug bites a topical steroid should help, such as hydrocortisone, otherwise see your doctor about them. ...Read more

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Small fluid filled bug bites, what to do?

Small fluid filled bug bites, what to do?

Topical treatment: Try using triple antibiotic cream if they look infected, or Hydrocortisone cream if they itch. If you are not sure they are bug bites, see a physician, especially if they are on your palms and soles or if you have a fever. ...Read more

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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 (diphenhydramine) and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can reduce the itch and the Hydrocortisone can reduce the inflammation. ...Read more

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Why does it feel good to scratch bug bites?

Why does it feel good to scratch bug bites?

Comfort: Scratching an itch doesn't have any health benefits. It is an attempt to relieve irritation and be more comfortable. ...Read more

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Why won't my scratches and bug bites go away?

Why won't my scratches and bug bites go away?

Depends...: ...On how long they have been present. Bites and scratches take time to heal. If it has been a few days, be patient. If it has been weeks or longer, you may have an underlying problem that is preventing you from healing. See your doctor if that is the case. ...Read more

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What medications can soothe chinch bug bites?

What medications can soothe chinch bug bites?

OTC: antihistamine cream or oral, and an anti-itch cream to start with, if that doesn't work, see your doctor, that in addition to standard bedroom hygiene which I trust you do, take care ...Read more

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How to get bug bites to go away within 30 hours?

How to get bug bites to go away within 30 hours?

Steroid Cream: Try an over-the-counter steroid cream to help with large local reactions to bug bites resolve more quickly. ...Read more

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What should I do when getting tons of bug bites?

Avoidance: I may sound flippant but avoiding areas with bugs would be the best answer. If you are taking about mosquitos and flies, a powerful fan can do wonders since flying insects do not like strong winds. Wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants may also be helpful. Wearing dark clothing, long pants, long-sleeve shorts may help. Use repellant containing deet. ...Read more

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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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Bug bites with white ring around it what do I do?

Not clear...: Mosquito bites will be raised and red, and sometimes may look a slightly pale around the raised part; this is normal. If you have rings of red with areas of white or fleshy color in between (like a target), this could be more serious reaction. If you are concerned, it is best to see your doctor so they can evaluate your symptoms first-hand. ...Read more

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What's to be done about bug bites the natural way?

Avoidance: I may sound flippant but avoiding areas with bugs would be the best answer. If you are taking about mosquitos and flies, a powerful fan can do wonders since flying insects don't like strong winds. Wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Why am I the only one who gets bug bites in my family?

Hard to say: No one really knows but from my personal (non-scientifically tested) experience, mosquitos seem to like healthier people. Just my 2 cents worth. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can reactions to bug bites change over time?

Help plz! Can reactions to bug bites change over time?

Yes: Do you know what bugs? Spider, mosquito, bed bug, fire ant, tic? Your reactions may indeed vary. Scratching the bites is a major factor influencing the site of the reaction. Fire ants can also cause systemic allergic reactions. Bee stings can cause extremely large local reactions in addition to allergic reactions. Brown recluse spiders are not endemic in NM but can cause serious reactions. ...Read more

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What is the worst thing that can happen from bug bites?

What is the worst thing that can happen from bug bites?

Mostly itching: Although the vast majority of bug bites are at most itchy for several days, in certain geographic areas bites can transmit disease such as lymes, malaria, tsi tsi fever, etc. ...Read more

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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