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Bug Bites That Wont Go Away
Depends....: Bug bites can cause different reactions in people depending on what the bug is, how sensitive the person is, whether the person has an allergic reaction to the bug bite and if the person irritates the area by scratching it If the redness around the bite is large and is warm to touch then it could be infected Some bug bites can take several weeks to completely go away- topical steroid cream helps ...Read more
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
My son has a bug bite that won't go away. It's not infected but it's been almost 2 weeks. Could it be mrsa?
I have a few little itchy, red bumps on the outside of my hip. I thought they were bug bites but they won't go away, for 5 months. What are they?
Top of feet are red and itching looks like bug bites and it won't go away should I be soaking my feet in epson salt water?
See doctor: If they are not going away they could have a bacterial infection that needs a prescription antibiotic. Allergy is also a possibility. See the doctor to find out what they are and why they are not resolving. ...Read more
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
I have begun breaking out where i get bug bites. The bites go away and then i break out. What could this be?
Insect bite reaction: Insect bites, like those from mosquitos, can cause a delayed reaction taking hours to days to develop. This has to do with the time that it takes inflammatory cells to migrate into the area in response to insect derived chemicals. Sometimes redness and swelling may occur a day or more after. It is also possible that a secondary eczema may develop due to damage to the skin from scratching. ...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
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